China on Friday became Nepal’s second Internet service provider, breaking India’s monopoly in providing Internet access to the Himalayan country.
China Telecom Global (CTG), a company formed in 2012, has teamed up with Nepal Telecom to provide alternative cyber connectivity to Nepal.
So far, Nepal had been linked to the global internet network through Indian telecom operators, using optical fibre connections in Biratnagar, Bhairahawa and Birgunj, among others.
But a new terrestrial fibre cable launched in 2016 by CTG will now connect Nepal and China through the Jilong (Rasuwagadhi) border gateway. Media reports in Nepal say the new link extends to China’s Hong Kong Data Center, one of Asia’s largest global data centres.
Last month, CTG paired with Daily-Tech, a developer and operator of data centre infrastructure across China, and Global Switch, a leading data centre in Europe, to launch a state-of-the art data centre in Hong Kong.
The Chinese side views its Nepal venture as part of a larger digital network of countries along the New Silk Road. “We want to build a grand corridor and a big platform for telecommunication. I’d call this an ‘information-centred high-speed link’ along the Belt and Road routes. This offers our company a great opportunity.
This opportunity also belongs to all of our partner companies participating in the Belt and Road Initiative. We can develop together,” says Deng Xiaofeng, CTG’s general manager, in an interview with the state-broadcaster China Global Television Network (CGTN).
Mr. Deng highlighted that following the Nepal project, CTG has expanded Internet services to Pakistan, Laos and Thailand.