Memorandum of Understanding between the Nepal Army and Nepal Telecom means Nepal Telecom to lay Optical Fiber in Fast Track Highway. Nepal Telecommunications authority has asked Telecom for verification on “The signed MoU between the Nepal Army and Nepal Telecom”.
Nepal Telecom and Nepal Army has signed an agreement to lay the optical fiber along the Kathmandu-Terai Fast track Highway on Poush 10. Nepal Telecommunications Authority has questioned the MoU stating that there is a legal provision for approval from the authority for running larger projects.
Nepal Telecom to lay Optical Fiber in Fast Track Highway: What Telecommunications Authority has to say on the MoU?
Purushottam Khanal, President of Nepal Telecommunications authority, in his release letter states that “As per Rule 11 of Telecommunication Infrastructure Regulations, 2074, approval has to be obtained from the Telecommunications Authority to build large infrastructure and Sub-rule 5 of the above rules states on Joint use of such construction”. The release says, “7 days ultimatum has been given to clarify whether the permission has been taken or not and how the MoU is done and works are being progressed”.
The release letter from the authority also includes, “Collabration talks between the Telecommunication Service provider, Internet service provider, Security department and other concerned authorities have been going on to lay the Optical Fiber on the Fast Track since Karthik 17, this letter has been issued to clarify the facts after the news about MoU between Nepal Army and Nepal Telecom has been published”.
The Letter addresses the Managing Director of Nepal Telecom including Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Secretary General of the ministry, Defence Ministry, Road Department and Concerned Authority for Fast-Track Project (Nepal Army) in CC.
Nepal Telecom to lay Optical Fiber in Fast Track Highway: What does Optical Fiber do?
Optical fiber mainly permits the transmission of internet data over longer distances with higher bandwidths by the means of electromagnetic systems. With the agreement into effect, the NT is going to fund the costs incurred in laying the infrastructure in the designated highway that connects Terai with the Kathmandu Valley.
This Laying of Optical Fiber is believed to enhance the capacity and quality of the network in the Terai region. The route to major international internet traffic coming from India can get the shortest route too, which can result in lesser latency.
Nepal Telecom to lay Optical Fiber in Fast Track Highway also means the Telecom now can upgrade and expand their services like 5G and FTTH to many places not reached before.
The fast track road is believed to significantly boost the socioeconomic condition of the country. Nepal Telecom to lay Optical Fiber in Fast Track Highway ensuring the digital connectivity and making it more effective.
About Fast Track
Since 2017, Nepal Army has taken the construction of the expressway under its jurisdiction. The 72.5 km expressway will connect Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Makwanpur and join the East-West Highway at Nijgadh of Bara district.
The Fast track expressway project is one of the most significant national pride infrastructure development for Nepal as it provides the shortest route from Kathmandu to Terai / Madhesh. Nepal Telecom to lay Optical Fiber in Fast Track Highway has made it more crucial and attractive.