Nepal to soon get internet services from China, India’s monopoly to end: Report

China linking Nepal with optical fibre cables is seen as yet another attempt to ratchet up its presence in the south Asia region challenging India.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 13, 2017 4:22 pm
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Nepal is scheduled to get Chinese internet services from August ending India’s monopoly over the same, a Nepali daily reported. Currently, the tiny Himalayan country accesses internet using Indian bandwidth through Bhairahawa, Birgunj and Biratnagar. English-language daily Republica reported that with Chinese firms offering services, Nepali people will now have alternatives to choose from alongside Indian firms.

The work of laying optical fiber on the Chinese side had been halted after a ‘worker collapsed due to high altitude sickness.’

“The work has resumed in full pace since the last week and if things go as per the plan, Nepal will be connected with the Chinese Internet from the beginning of August,” Shobhan Adhikari, a deputy spokesperson for the Nepal Telecom (NT) told Republica.

The work of laying the optical fiber should have been completed by May if not for an avalanche on the Chinese side that halted operations.

“After the disruption of work by avalanche at the altitude of 4,000 meters on the Chinese side, the optical fiber was laid through an alternative route. According to the Chinese company, the new route is almost 20 kilometers longer. The sudden change in the plan has delayed the project by almost a month,” Adhikari was quoted saying.

The locals would not face any hurdles in accessing Google and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter as the country is planning to buy bandwidth from Hong Kong instead of mainland China.

China linking Nepal with optical fibre cables is seen as yet another attempt to ratchet up its presence in the south Asia region challenging India. India has already made its opposition clear to the economic corridor it is building in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) apart from the Belt and Road Initiative.

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    Anjan
    Jul 15, 2017 at 10:14 am
    comment section filled with fools...grow up
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      DJ
      Jul 13, 2017 at 9:54 pm
      Why allow Nepali citizens to get Indian jobs? If Nepal is behaving this way India should enforce work visas for them. Let them go and work in China.
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        K. K.
        Jul 14, 2017 at 7:45 am
        ery good suggestion. But will the Brown Sahibs of Delhi understand this, is doubtful
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        Kamal Pasha
        Jul 13, 2017 at 9:29 pm
        Poor Modi. He is being isolated by every country. The silence of Congress is killing Feku at every corner. Silence of Congress at present is their big power.
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          romi
          Jul 13, 2017 at 9:12 pm
          Who cares if Nepal uses indian internet or china ?? infact Nepal is exposing its internet traffic to china its non issue why so much fuss
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            Raj Parwani
            Jul 13, 2017 at 8:20 pm
            Nepal is the latest pearl in China's string of pearls that are encircling India, look at the situation right now, China encircled India from West by nuclear capable Pakistan, from south by Sri Lanka, from East by Bangladesh and Mianmar and from north by Nepeal and China itself, on top of access to Indian ocean it has through Gawadar and Djabouti. This is a nightmare situation for any military planner, India needs to wake up and start negotiating with Pakistan on Kashmir to defuse situation at least on one border otherwise it's a doomsday scenario for India. Modi should avoid the policy of isolating Pakistan cause it's counter productive, India needs to have atleast one safe border.
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            1. Patiala Khap
              Jul 14, 2017 at 1:10 pm
              This encirclement theory is complete bull invented by the west to put wedge between India and China.
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              1. Patiala Khap
                Jul 14, 2017 at 1:10 pm
                Sorry bull .
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