KATHMANDU, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Nepal government-owned telecom service provider Friday launched a new project -- Fibre to the Home (FTTH) for the first time in this Himalayan country.
Aimed at providing customers with the fastest Internet as well as other value-added
including voice and television, the project was officially launched by the country's Minister of Information and Communication (MoIC) Minendra Rijal at a function in Kathmandu.
According to Nepal Telecom (NT), the globally effective FTTH technology will be initiated in a few spots of the country's capital city in the first phase and later be expanded to other parts gradually.
"Under this facility, users will be provided with services including fastest speed Internet data and voice-over-the-Internet Protocol (VoIP) in the first phase," Managing Director of NT Buddhi Prashad Acharya said during the project inauguration.
The director added, "We will also offer multi-media services through this facility very soon."
The unlimited and volume based Internet service under the FTTH will have speed ranging from 1 Mbps to 100 Mbps, making the usage of Internet very easy and hassle-free.
According to NT officials, the service was launched primarily to cater to Kathmandu based corporate and business houses, which later will reach all Nepalis' households, helping mass population for easy e-governance, e-banking, e-commerce and other activities.
Speaking at the function, Minister Rijal said that as quality service is being Nepalis' necessity, the NT should have to work towards that direction.
"Without the development of information, communication and technology, the country cannot develop," said Rijal, added, "The NT should stay more focused to achieve the development of information technology in the country."
Considered as the best solutions for data service, the FTTH can carry high-speed broadband services integrating voice, data and video and get directly to homes and buildings, for which it is also called Fiber to the Building (FTTB).
The NT also said it has already completed the installation of optical fibre links for expanding the FTTH services throughout Kathmandu and a few other parts of the country.
Internet has gained huge popularity in this small country with more and more people getting educated and becoming busier, and more and more business firms switching from their traditional working
to modern and IT based style.