WorldLink Communications, Nepal’s largest ISP by subscriptions, has announced plans to upgrade its GPON fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to 10Gbps-capable XGS-PON to meet current bandwidth demand and enable symmetric download and upload speeds. Having successfully completed the necessary testing, the operator will next week begin the gradual deployment of XGS-PON, which provides eight times more uplink bandwidth and four times more downlink capacity than its current network. WorldLink also revealed it is in talks with its infrastructure partner Nokia to test 25G-PON ‘in the near future’.
Alongside the network upgrade, WorldLink has also announced the availability of a new unlimited 1Gbps FTTH plan. The package, dubbed the ‘Photon Nimsdai Special Edition’, is priced at NPR39,999 (USD314) for twelve months with free installation, although customers face an additional NPR8,000 rental charge and a NPR2,000 deposit for each Nokia beacon 3.0 mesh Wi-Fi router.