Nepal/China cable set to go live in June

31 May 2017 | James Pearce


A cross-border fibre network running between China and Nepal is set go live in the next week, according to Nepal Telecom.

Nepal has traditionally relied on connectivity running through India, but NT worked with China Telecom to establish the new connection, which was completed in June of last year.

The network, which runs through the Geelong-Rasuwgadhi border point, was due to go live last year, but this was delayed due to a landslide in China that damaged it. The Chinese side used an alternative route, which is 20km longer, to lay down the cable.

Establishing the cable will allow state-owned NT to strike deals wholesale agreements with other Chinese operators as well. So far, it has already announced a memorandum of understanding with China Unicom, according to reports. 

In December, it announced a deal with China Telecom Global to deliver IP services.

"China Telecom has informed us that they are completing the repairing and rerouting of damaged optical fiber within May," Sovan Adhikari, joint spokesperson of NT told Chinese news company Xinhu. "We have been in constant communication with the Chinese company."