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WorldLink announced on January 28, 2021, that it will build 14 world-class data centers across 7 provinces worth NRs. 3 Billion. The data centers currently in use are outdated and don’t meet the current standards. Therefore, WorldLink will upgrade data centers for better internet browsing and data protection.
The project will be a part of the Digital Nepal framework and seek to improve the internet experience for consumers.
As the number of internet users has soared over the years, the contents on the internet have diversified as well. However, it has become troublesome for ISPs to regulate the contents and provide a uniform browsing experience to the subscribers. As internet contents originate from various countries, consumer safety and content’s nature have also become a concern.
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ISPs are under growing pressure to provide satisfactory service to the consumers. More people use smartphones and the internet than ever. The contents are heavily multimedia-based, and they are consuming audio-visual content on HD and 4K. So, it requires better infrastructures for such demand in internet service.
During the lockdown, the issue was more conspicuous. Internet almost went into turmoil. Thousands complained over a slow connection and video buffering. Due to excessive bandwidth demand for videos on TikTok, the service providers had to grapple with stringent measures.
Telecom operators and ISPs have already installed local cache servers for YouTube, TikTok, Facebook for faster video streaming. Local cache servers enable ISPs to store the popular content locally so that internet consumers can download the data at a faster rate. Having multiple data centers inside Nepal will significantly boost the internet speed in all parts of the country.
In simple terms, data centers are locations where internet connections to the cloud are done and local data are stored. These are the places that house all the computing and networking equipment to collect, store and distribute large amounts of data from one device to the other.
Data centers comprise routers, firewalls, servers, and every other infrastructure that is related to the exchange of data on the internet. These are data hubs for content delivery to the consumers.
Every business entities or organizations need its own data center to regulate its contents and host its server. They can utilize data centers to keep their files and information encrypted.
Data centers also give the companies a sense of authority over their contents which is important to safeguard against online hacking.
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As a leading ISP, WorldLink wants to upgrade its service on time and stay ahead of other competitors. The latest Data Center project is consistent with the government’s Digital Nepal Framework and could prove to be a game-changer for Nepali internet service.
Dilip Agrawal, the director of WorldLink, stated “The government has a dream of Digital Nepal, and having a data center out of Nepal will not help the cause. To help the government achieve their goal WorldLink is taking steps and build a data center in Nepal”.
He further added the company will discuss the project with foreign experts for human resources and technology to get the project underway very soon.
At the press meet, the company representatives revealed their plan to establish 14 data centers across all the provinces. The project will cost the ISP around NRs. 3 Billion. The data centers will conform to tier 3 and tier 2 sophistication in terms of their security implementations.
These data centers will not be exclusive to WorldLink only and they will be built as a sharing infrastructure for many others. The company has revealed that Telecoms, private organizations, government, and other ISPs could also avail of this service. The project will reportedly be complete within 2 to 3 years.
The proposed infrastructures will upgrade the country’s currently outdated data centers with a highly sophisticated new system to better protect user’s data and facilitate smoother internet browsing for the consumers.
WorldLink will build its latest data centers in major cities around the country such as Kathmandu, Bharatpur, Butwal, Birgunj, etc. But the company will first set up its data centers in Kathmandu and Bharatpur.
It is reported that they have already negotiated for locations and designed its building that will house critical data of Nepali netizens and companies in near future. As known, Worldlink will collaborate with NTA, NEA and the Government of Nepal for this data center construction.
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