Nepal Telecom (NT) is planning to issue a tender for companies wishing to upgrade its fixed line network to a next generation network (NGN), according to a report in local paper Republica. The upgrade will enable the telco to provide a range of advanced services such as high speed internet. ‘The work of upgrading the network will begin as soon as we select the bidder. We hope to start it in the next fiscal year,’ an NT source told the paper, adding that upgrade work would start simultaneously in all 73 districts where NT has a fixed line network. In the initial phase, the state-owned operator will roll out fibre-optical cables to augment its copper wire PSTN, providing additional capacity and increased bandwidth for data and voice services. Moreover, new remote switching units will be installed to reduce or remove instances of network congestion. NT says that once completed, the NGN will help reduce operating costs on the PSTN by up to 30%.