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Nepal to get optical fibre covering 32 districts

Staff Writer |
Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) and Nepal Telecom (NT) signed an agreement to lay optical fibre along the Mid-Hill Highway.

NT will lay optical fibre along 2,376 kilometres of the Mid-Hill Highway covering 32 districts. Meanwhile, NTA will bear all the cost of the project through Rural Telecommunication Development Fund (RTDF).

An agreement to this effect was signed between NTA Chairman Digambar Jha and Managing Director of NT Kamini Raj Bhandari, The Himalayan Times reported.

Following this agreement, NT will be responsible for laying optical fibre cable in areas stretching from Chiyo Bhanjyang in Panchthar district to Arughat in Gorkha district within the next two years.

NT will lay 96 core optical fibre cables along the Mid-Hill Highway and 48 core optical fibre cables along routes connecting the highway with the headquarters of 32 districts.

Similarly, it will lay 24 core optical fibre cables in routes connecting the highway with different municipalities in these districts.

The two organisations had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) of the project in June.

Addressing the agreement signing ceremony, Secretary at the Ministry of Information and Communications Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya said that laying the optical fibre along the Mid-Hill Highway and connecting various areas is part of the government’s long-term target to expand broadband network across all district headquarters, municipalities, schools and health centres. ■

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