Good news for all! Finally, the long awaited internet connection from China to Nepal will be completed in a week. This is the result of the signed agreement between Chief Technical Officer of Nepal Telecom (NT) Lochan Lal Amatya and Executive Vice President of China Telecom Global (CTG) Ou Yan in Hong Kong on December 7, 2016. Therefore, from next week Nepal can purchase Internet Bandwidth from interested Chinese firms.
Re – Routing of Nepal-China Link
NT had entered into a bandwidth purchase agreement with the Chinese company around six months ago. Sadly, it had not been able to acquire connection till date due to the avalanche that hit the area during the optical fiber laying process. The avalanche disrupted connections on the Chinese side. The Chinese then used an alternate route to lay down the cable. A ton of link build and testing had to be done which led to this delay.
The Wait is Over
Presently, Nepal is only linked through Indian telecommunication companies via different optical fiber connections at Bhairahawa, Biratnagar, and Birgunj, among other checkpoints. Now, all the process have been completed and now Nepal will be connected to the world via Hong Kong through China Telecom. The connection is through the optical fiber from the Geelong (Keyrong) to Rasuwagadhi border point.This will end Nepal’s sole dependence on India to connect with global internet service.
Will the internet from China prevent Google Services?
As NT is buying bandwidth from China, users here in Nepal will not face any problems while surfing Google’s sites. Nepal will be tapping Hong Kong’s server belonging to the US-based company.
As Nepal-China optical fiber link gets successfully established, internet service will become faster and cheaper in the country.