The Himalayan Times reports that Nepal Telecom is planning a second trans-border fibre connection with China. The Nepal-China trans-border connectivity project, which connects Nepal’s northern neighbour via Rasuwagadhi, is reportedly in the final phase of rollout and will ultimately harness the benefits of the transit route service that is expected to materialise ‘soon’ the paper says. The Nepal-China fibre-optic link will allow Nepal Telecom to interconnect with counterpart China Telecom, providing both parties with the ability to transfer or receive voice and data traffic to and from China and from other parts of the world. The Nepalese telco is already connected to China via the Tatopani fibre link (deployed in 2010/11), but to date has not provided a transit service. NT managing director Buddhi Acharya notes that Rasuwagadhi will be an alternative to Tatopani, with the company planning to take ‘All Dielectric Self Supporting (ADDS) fibre cable of Nepal Electricity Authority on lease to take fibre connection via Galchhi, Dhading to Rasuwagadhi to establish the link with China Telecom’. The project is expected to be completed by March.