Nepal using RTDF to improve internet access in seven earthquake regions

17 Nov 2016

The government of Nepal is seeking ISPs to deploy broadband access networks to public sector buildings in seven regions affected by 2015’s devastating earthquakes. The infrastructure will be rolled out to all schools, colleges, health centres and Village Development Committee (VDC) offices in the regions of Gorkha, Dhading, Makawanpur, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Sidhuli and Okhaldhunga. The costs of the project will be covered by the country’s Rural Telecommunication Development Fund (RTDF) which is collected as a percentage of telco revenues. The seven regions have been split into two groups, with applications invited from registered ISPs to carry out the work in one or both areas within twelve months.