Nokia says it will deploy a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network together with Nepal's WorldLink to connect over 1 million homes in Nepal by 2019. The deployment will be Nepal's largest FTTH network, Nokia asserts. The systems house asserts it will deliver the fiber access technology required to support bandwidth demands of entertainment and enterprise services throughout the country.
With more than 160,000 residential broadband subscribers and 5,000 enterprise broadband circuits, WorldLink is adding 12,000 residential subscribers monthly to its FTTH service, making it necessary for the operator to address growing network capacity demand, says Nokia. WorldLink is Nepal's largest fixed broadband services provider, and will use Nokia's fiber platform, the 7360 Intelligent Service Access Manager (ISAM) FX, to cost-efficiently evolve and scale its network to align with residential demands. According to Nokia, its fiber technology will also increase current broadband speeds in Nepal.
WorldLink began to add 100-Gbps capabilities to its 650-km backbone fiber-optic network in Nepal with the help of Nokia in July 2017 (see "WorldLink brings 100-Gbps fiber-optic network capabilities to Nepal"). WorldLink's upgraded FTTH network will offer current WorldLink subscribers the option to upgrade their existing bandwidth to as much as 100 Mbps for ultra-broadband and HD IPTV services. The fiber network will also make WorldLink more effective in providing for Nepal's underserved areas beyond the metropolitan area of Kathmandu, and contribute to growing broadband penetration, Nokia says.
"WorldLink has a commitment to Nepal to transform the communications landscape so that our people and enterprises thrive," said Manoj Agrawal, WorldLink's director. "This is our largest project to date, and it will allow us to provide ultra-fast broadband services for our mobile and fixed network subscribers in cities as well as rural areas across the country. With Nokia's fiber solution, our services are going to get faster, become more reliable and widely available to Nepali households."
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