Nepal Telecom (NT) has revealed that it will be demonstrating its nascent fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services in early February, with a commercial launch planned for ten areas in mid-April. Five of the launches will come in suburbs of the capital Kathmandu, while the remainder will be in outlying towns. A report from local news site Republica quotes NT spokesperson Shyam Sundar Yadav as saying: ‘We are planning to launch the fibre cable service in the areas under Sundhara, Chhauni, Naxal, Patan and Chabahil exchanges inside the Valley [Kathmandu], and areas under Biratnagar, Birgunj, Bharatpur, Butwal and Pokhara exchange outside the valley in the first phase.’ As part of the FTTH project, NT has already completed the installation of optical fibre links to the exchanges, with successful pilot schemes of the 100Mbps offering having been run last year in three areas of Kathmandu: Durbar Marg, Kamaladi and Thamel.
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