NTA (Nepal Telecommunications Authority) has expanded its free broadband service in more than 14 thousand locations across Nepal. The project aims at setting up a 20Mbps connection in public offices, schools, and colleges to keep them connected by reliable fiber broadband. The initiative is a part of the Rural Telecommunications Development Fund under NTA.
The progress report till Shrawan highlighted the broadband connection is fully operational in 14 thousand and 683 centers across 60 districts across Nepal.
NTA started this broadband service with the objective to keep public offices, schools, and health centers connected by high-speed internet. The authority has funded all expenses for infrastructure and installations. Further, the offices that receive the broadband service won’t be paying fees for two years. After that, they will need to pay as per the policy of the authority.
NTA’s Free Broadband Service: A Work Under Progress
NTA started this project from 8 earthquake-hit districts namely; Dolakha, Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchok, Kabhrepalanchok, and Sindhuli but now has reached further areas.
As per the report, 663 local bodies have started the broadband connection. Besides, 5 thousand, 428 ward offices, 4 thousand 783 secondary schools, and 3 thousand and 8 hundred and 9 health centers are set to get the connectivity soon. The report has revealed that more than 50% of the works are complete in more than 10 districts.
NTA has sanctioned a total sum of almost 5.7 billion rupees for the entire project and actively monitoring the progress in all the districts.
The dated ADSL or low-speed internet is not able to meet the current demands of the internet today. This is why NTA is setting up the current offices with a 20 Mbps fiber internet connection. In addition, to connect the offices of public concern, NTA started the project to provide free broadband utilizing RTDF amounts. The project will keep public offices, schools, health centers, and other government service-providing bodies connected by fiber broadband.
NTA has aimed at setting up the fiber connection in around 16 thousand centers. So far as per the report, the project is moving smoothly and nearing its completion.
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