2 Chinese firms win Nepal Telecom's NGN contract

15:15, August 04, 2010      

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Nepal Telecom (NT) has awarded a contract to ZTE and Huawei to work on a package basis to supply equipment to install the Next Generation Network (NGN) in the country, according to local media Wednesday.

The two Chinese firms will start work on 19 million U.S. dollars project soon to make the service available by setting up the necessary infrastructure probably within the next six months.

"A board meeting held on Monday decided to award the contract to ZTE and Huawei on a package basis," said Pramod Kumar Gurung, an NT board member.

"Under Package A, ZTE will work to make the NGN service available in the Kathmandu Valley while Huawei will work elsewhere in the country under Package B."

As many as 10 international firms had submitted proposals to supply equipment for the NGN. However, the bids of only four including ZTE and Huawei had been studied by NT's evaluation committee.

Nepal Telecom is in process to introduce cable television and internet via its landline telephones though the NGN.



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