WorldLink, the leading Internet Service Provider in Nepal has announced to expand its internet services throughout the country. As a target, they have set 2022 as the year to provide internet at all local levels. They have also announced to install 10 thousand public Wi-Fi across Nepal. Read more of WorldLink’s plan for internet service expansion.
Addressing a press meet in Kathmandu, WorldLink announces its future plan in the program. WorldLink has already set up free Wi-Fi in public places of Kathmandu, in partnership with KMC (Kathmandu Metropolitan). They have also expanded such free WiFi to popular heritage sites, Airports, Restaurants, and more public places.
WorldLink has targeted to provide fiber internet (FTTH) in all village bodies (Gaupalika) within the year 2022. They also informed that their fiber internet reached 70 districts of the country.
10 thousand Wi-Fi hotspots
Right now, they say they have around 3 thousand such public Wi-Fi across the country. They have made a plan to increase the number of Public Wi-Fi by 7 thousand to make it 10 thousand in total, within a year.
NTA had awarded a contract to WorldLink to expand broadband internet in the districts of Karnali province. WorldLink terms it as Karnali Project which has two packages. The first package (Pack A) covers Humla, Jumla, Mugu, and Dolpa whereas the second package aka Package B covers Kalikot, Rukum, Jajarkot, and Rolpa. As per them, the works in Package B have been already completed. Similarly, the company mentions that 52 percent of the Package A works have been completed so far.
It is the remoteness and the heavy snowfall that hindered the fast deployment works in the mountainous areas. Such broadband expansion includes connectivity through the optical fiber and wireless means.
WorldLink’s MD Dileep Agrawal claims their position in the Internet Service provider to be the third after Nepal Telecom and Ncell. As known, they have contributed Rs 1.1 billion (Arab) annually as a tax to the government. Similarly, they provide employment to 3 thousand people, 65% being technical and 35 % administrative.
WorldLink is already the top ISP in the country with 2.8 lakh subscribers for internet and TV services.
Internet in Annapurna base camp
WorldLink is also working on a separate project to provide internet service in Annapurna base camp through the optical fiber. They believe this will help people to share the beauty of the place with others via the Internet. The broadband connection in such famous tourist/trekking places will help to enhance the tourism sector of the country.
WorldLink has also been doing wire management works in Kathmandu valley. They have already managed the wires from Tripureshwor to Lazimpat. NTA has separate works in a plan for the cable and wire management in Kathmandu. Read here.
WorldLink has already selected Juniper Networks to build a 100 Gbps internet backbone infrastructure. They believe the high performance of Juniper’s routers and core equipment will build a stable and secure network to address the demand for fixed broadband in the country.
Participate in Spectrum auction!!
On a separate note, WorldLink’s Chairman Dileep Agrawal has expressed their interest to participate in the spectrum auction for telecom services. He also asked the Government to also let ISP’s to participate in the spectrum auction process. Currently, NTA had called for the spectrum auction of residual frequency in 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 2100 MHz. For which, Nepal Telecom and Ncell had participated. As NTA has plans to allocate other spectrum bands through the auction process, WorldLink expects NTA to let them participate in the upcoming spectrum auctions.
Although they have been providing internet services mostly through optical fiber, they seek for some frequency spectrum to provide internet plus telecom services through wireless means.