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Press Release -- January 19th, 2018
Source: nok

Nokia and WorldLink to build Nepal’s largest fiber-to-the-home network for delivery of super-fast consumer and business broadband services

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Nokia fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network deployment to connect 1 million households by 2019
The ultra-fast network will allow people to enjoy the highest quality services including HD video, 4K video services and Internet TV
Kathmandu, Nepal – WorldLink, the largest operator in Nepal, and Nokia will deploy the country’s largest fiber to the home (FTTH) network connecting more than 1 million homes by 2019. Nokia’s fiber access solutions will provide the technology and network backbone needed to support bandwidth-hungry entertainment and enterprise services across the country.

WorldLink has 160,000 residential broadband subscribers and 5,000 enterprise broadband circuits, and is adding 12,000 residential subscribers to its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service every month, requiring the operator to meet surging demand for network capacity. Using Nokia’s leading fiber platform, WorldLink will be able to evolve and scale its network in line with residential demands in a cost-efficient way.

Nokia’s fiber solution will also significantly increase current broadband speeds in Nepal Once deployed, the new FTTH network will provide existing WorldLink subscribers with the option to upgrade their current bandwidth up to 100Mbps and experience ultra-broadband and HD IPTV services. Expanding beyond the metropolitan area of Kathmandu, the new fiber network will also enable WorldLink to more effectively address underserved areas across Nepal and further increase broadband penetration.

Manoj Agrawal, Director WorldLink, said: “WorldLink has a commitment to Nepal to transform the communications landscape so that our people and enterprises thrive. 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”

Vinish Bawa, head of Customer Team Emerging Business – India Market, Nokia: “We are proud to be part of WorldLink’s vision to transform the country’s communications architecture by providing industry leading FTTH solutions. Nokia’s fiber access network will deliver faster broadband speeds to customers and create the foundation essential for future ultra-broadband services.”

About the Nokia solution:

The network will use Nokia’s 7360 ISAM FX, a market-leading FTTH platform.

Simplifying the fibre network evolution (infograph)
7360 ISAM FX solution page
Fiber Access Innovations That Pay Off (article)
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References — Nepal – Nepal Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband, Statistics and Analyses

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