Nepal accesses Internet through China, ending India’s monopoly

Nepalese people on 12 January 2018 began accessing the Internet through a Chinese optical fibre link laid across the Himalayan mountains, ending the country’s sole dependency on India for connecting to the cybre space. The Internet connectivity between Nepal and China has not only made available shortest route for Internet connection to Nepal, it has also opened up vast business potentials between the two neighbours.

The initial speed of the Internet by Chinese fibre link via Rasuwagadhi border will be 1.5 Gigabit per second (gbps), less than that of 34 gbps by India through Biratnagar, Bhairahawa and Birgunj. The commercial operation of the optical fibre link across the Himalayan mountains to China has begun.

Nepal’s Information and Communication Minister Mohan Bahadur Basnet inaugurated the Nepal-China cross-border optical fibre link at a function here. In 2016, state-owned Nepal Telecom (NT) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with state-run China Telecommunications for the operation of Nepal’s Internet network via China.

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