State owned fixed and mobile operator Nepal Doorsanchar Company Limited (Nepal Telecom, or NT) is ramping up efforts to kick start a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) rollout in the mountain nation, in a bid to deliver ultra-high speed broadband services as well as IPTV to end users. eKantipur writes that as part of the project, NT is looking to deploy FTTH in ten local exchanges in Kathmandu, Biratnagar, Birgunj, Butwal, Pokhara and Bhadrapur, to enable its systems and networks to provide the high speed service. The telco’s deputy managing director Bhagat Man Singh Pradhan is quoted as saying that installation works in the Sundhara and Naxal exchanges are ‘near completion’ and that NT plans to pilot FTTH in some areas like Durbar Marg in the near future. Going forward, the state owned carrier intends to begin fully distributing its FTTH service early in the next fiscal year (2013/14), initially by targeting corporate/business users. Further, as part of its rollout phase, NT has already completed the successful deployment of fibre to the local exchange points. Once operational NT will be able to better compete with the likes of World Link Communications and Classic Tech, which are currently providing Nepalese businesses with internet access at speeds of up to 10Mbps and 15Mbps respectively. The company hopes its own offering will be able to deliver maximum connection speeds of 100Mbps and that its FTTH offer will gradually be extended countrywide to meet demand.