Government awards cancelled Smart Telecom fibre contract to Nepal Telecom

29 Oct 2019

The Nepalese government has awarded Nepal Telecom (NT) a NPR3 billion (USD26 million) contract to lay fibre-optic cabling in the western provinces of Karnali Pradesh and Sudurpashchim Pradesh, reports The announcement follows the recent decision by Nepal’s telecoms regulator, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), to terminate the contract originally awarded to Smart Telecom in September 2017, after a review of the project found the company had installed less than 1% of the planned 2,500km fibre-optic cable infrastructure along the Mid-Hill Highway.