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Nepal Telecom (NT) and China Telecom Global Limited (CTG) have commercialized the cross border optical fiber link on 12th January, 2018. It is possible with the commencement of terrestrial cable route connecting Nepal and China via Rasuwagadhi (Jilong) Gateway. Nepal Telecom and China Telecom had signed an agreement to operate the link in December, 2016.
In the past, Nepal Telecom has been operating IP service with Airtel, Tata Communication and BSNL. The commencement of the Nepal China Cross Border Optical Fiber Link and the IP services over it is unprecedented. It is a new direct alternative route for traffic demand generated from Nepal to all over the world. The link also provides the better quality of service and low latency solution for end users in Nepal.
The Nepal China Cross Border Optical Fiber Link and the IP services was inaugurated in a function held at the Nepal Telecom premises, Kathmandu, Nepal in the presence of honorable Minister, Ministry of Information and Communication, Her Excellency Ambassador of PRC to Nepal and other high level government officials.
Inaugurating the Nepal China Cross Border Optical Fiber Link, honorable minister Mr. Mohan Bahadur Basnet, Ministry of Information and Communication (MOIC) Said “Commercialization of Nepal-China Optical Fiber Link is a major milestone for development of Internet Infrastructure in Nepal. He also stressed on excellent and growing relation between two neighboring countries on Government level, Institutional level and even public level. He further stressed the operation of Nepal-China direct cross-border link shall prove to be a turning point for Nepal”
Speaking on the inauguration function, Mr. Kedar Bahadur Adhikari, Chairman of Nepal Telecom & Secretary of Ministry of Information and Communication (MOIC) Said “Widely Available, affordable and quality telecommunication services are a major driver of economic growth and development in the country. The commencement of Nepal China Cross Border Optical Fiber Link will act more than a critical infrastructure and engine of societal development”.
Speaking on the occasion, Her excellency ambassador of peoples republic of China, Ms. Yu Hong said that the cooperation in economic and trade, energy, tourism and other various areas has been strengthening by joint effort of the two countries. She said this terrestrial cable will not only shorten the network latency, but also bring the two countries more closer to each other. She stated that the commercial operation of Nepal China Optical-fiber link marks a new connectivity between the two countries and looks forward to seeing more close cooperation in the telecom field”.
Ms. Kamini Rajbhandari, Managing Director of Nepal Telecom, speaking in the function said that Nepal Telecom with a history of more than 100 years of providing telecommunication service in the country has been employing diverse technologies that are appropriate to the needs of customers and that suit weather condition and geography. She stated that as Nepal Telecom moves into the next phase of its evolving business with nationwide rollout of broadband LTE and fixed broadband optical fiber network, the addition of international routes become more vital as it provides diversity and redundancy to the existing network with increased availability, reliability and dependency.
Speaking on the function, Mr. Wang Yonglin, Chief Representative from China Telecom said that opening of this link will be the gateway to route Nepal Traffic to Europe, Central Asia, North East Asia and USA along with seamless terrestrial and submarine routes of China Telecom. He also stated that the link will enable Nepal to transit connectivity between India and China. He further stated that this link will scale up the traffic flow from Nepal to the rest of the world enhancing the business scope of Nepal.
Nepal Telecom (NT) is state owned telecommunication service provider in Nepal with 92% of the government share. NT’s services include Voice and Data through different technologies like LTE, GSM, CDMA, Wimax, NGN, ADSL, and FTTH. It is one of the largest corporations of Nepal and is the sole provider of fixed line and Wi-Max services in Nepal. Nepal Telecom has more than 35 direct voice connections and more than 292 TADIG for roaming all over the world. As of NT MIS October 2017, NT has 18.38 million voice and 8.8 million data subscriber.
China Telecom Global Limited (CTG) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Telecommunications Corporation Limited for managing its international businesses. With the direct connections with more than 10 neighboring countries and regions via terrestrial cables, CTG has mapped out a global service and capacity network. Targeting international carriers, multinational corporations and overseas Chinese consumers, CTG provides customized and cost-effective integrated communications solutions and diversified telecom services.