China Telecom Global (CTG) and Nepal government’s telecom company Nepal Telecom have signed an agreement to provide additional Internet bandwidth to Nepal via a newly launched terrestrial fiber cable that connects China and Nepal through the Jilong (Rasuwa) border gateway, the Chinese telco said in a statement. The China-Nepal deal will also provide an additional bandwidth transit service through existing cables that links Nepal and India.
Both Nepal Telecom and CTG had originally signed the deal back in June. The fiber link went live commercially starting today. At that time of signing the deal, Nepal Telecom said that the additional bandwidth bought from Chinese firms via the cable infrastructure will allow it to lower broadband Internet prices in the country. This means that Nepal Telecom will be able to enter into agreements with more telecom companies in the future for bandwidth via the new the link.
A PTI report pointed out quoting Nepal Telecom that the country connects to the Internet via existing links with various Indian telecom operators through its southern borders towns of Bhairahawa, Birgunj and Biratnagar. The government-owned telecom company claimed that currently Nepal gets Internet bandwidth through the Indian route only and that the new link is an “alternative for Nepal”. The fiber link also extends up till China’s Hong Kong Data Center, which is considered as one the largest global date centers in Asia, added the report.
Other Internet gateways In India
In April, an 8,100 km submarine cable system owned by The Bay of Bengal Gateway consortium went live. The cable system was built to handle bandwidth demand across Internet exchanges (or gateways) in 6 countries including two gateways in India. The consortium is led by telecom companies from these 6 different countries includes Reliance Jio from India. Jio currently owns and operates the consortium’s’ undersea cable landing facility in Chennai. It plans to use this to offer high-speed broadband services in the country.
In March, through an agreement between India’s state run telco BSNL and Bangladesh’s Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited, Agartala was allocated to receive 10 GB of additional internet bandwidth. The connectivity project between the two countries was originally inked in July last year. Note that as of now, India connects to the Internet through gateways in Mumbai, Chennai, Cochin, Trivandrum and Tuticorin.