Nepal’s telecom sector regulator, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), has said that work to extend broadband services to all rural areas in each of the country’s seven provinces will be completed within the year, reports The Himalayan Times. According to NTA spokesperson Prasad Aryal: ‘Compared to previous days, work on making broadband service accessible has gathered pace in recent times.’
The NTA is currently implementing two projects as part of the Nepalese government’s National Broadband Policy, which aims to provide connectivity for all rural areas of the country and increase access to high-speed internet services. While work on the so-called Information Highway (a national backbone network) is ongoing, the Broadband Access Network Project is nearing completion, with work already completed in eight districts of Karnali Province and projects in other areas expected to be completed within a year. According to the NTA, while Nepal Telecom and Smart Telecom have made satisfactory progress on their contracts, United Telecom has faced a number of hurdles in Gandaki Province and Province 5, although the regulator hopes these will soon be overcome.