State-owned fixed line operator Nepal Telecom (NT) has awarded Chinese firms ZTE and Huawei Technologies separate contracts to supply and install a next generation network (NGN) in the country, local press report. Under the terms of the deal, the two vendors will soon kick off the USD19 million project with the aim of setting up the first phase of the NGN within six months. NT board member Pramod Kumar Gurung is quoted as saying that on Monday the telco took the decision to award ZTE and Huawei contracts on a package basis. ‘Under Package A, ZTE will work to make the NGN service available in the Kathmandu Valley, while Huawei will work elsewhere in the country under Package B,’ the official said. A total of around ten international equipment manufacturers submitted proposals to supply the NGN, of which four were shortlisted for evaluation by NT. The national PTO hopes to use the new network to introduce television and ultra high speed internet access via its PSTN.