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Sino-Nepal cross-border optical cable opens

(People's Daily Online)    14:37, January 15, 2018

A ceremony was held to mark the opening of the Sino-Nepal cross-border optical cable in Katmandu, capital of Nepal, on Jan. 12, connecting Nepal to the worldwide web through the Chinese cable route.

Nepal’s connection to the internet through the Chinese optical cable will help to improve its internet service. Opening of the optical cable is a milestone in Nepal’s internet infrastructure development, said minister of Nepal’s Information and Communication.

According to global broadband speed test website Ookla, Nepal ranked 89th among 129 countries in the world with an average download speed of 15.02 Mbps in the last quarter of 2017, which is even slower than the global average of 40.71 Mbps.

Before, Nepal had access to the worldwide web only through India.

However, as the Sino-Nepal cross-border optical cable goes into operation, the direct connection to China will boost Nepal’s internet development and offer nation’s internet users more stable connection.

The 820-kilometer-long optical cable was built by China Telecom on the plateau at an average altitude of 4,000 meters in three and a half years, during which the Chinese state-owned enterprise overcame lots of difficulties caused by natural disasters, such as snowstorms, earthquakes, and rainstorms.

Opening of the optical cable will not only reduce network delay between the two countries, but provides support to Nepal’s economic development and brings people of both sides closer to each other, said Yu Hong, Chinese ambassador to Nepal, adding that it is a good example of Belt and Road construction between China and Nepal.

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