Nepalese fixed line incumbent Nepal Doorsanchar Nigam Limited (Nepal Telecom, or NT) has announced it is upgrading its PSTN to a fibre-optic next generation network (NGN), enabling customers to benefit from an array of advanced high speed data services such as IPTV and broadband internet access. The Republika newspaper writes that the operator has already completed a feasibility study for the project and will soon launch a public tender for network equipment. NT director Amar Nath Singh is quoted as saying that his company will ‘then begin installation work simultaneously in all 73 districts where the fixed line network has been laid.’
NT is currently relying on its PSTN network to provide voice service, but intends to deploy optical fibre cabling to increase bandwidth and reduce the burden on its existing copper wire network. In addition, the telco intends to install new remote switching units to reduce the instances of network congestion. Remote switching units link customers’ telephone lines with the service providers’ network. The incumbent however, stopped short of providing a deadline for the completion of the HNG upgrade and has yet to finalise any tariffs for the new service.