WorldLink, the largest ISP and network service operator in Nepal, has contracted Finland-headquartered Nokia to build the country's largest Fibre To The Home (FTTH) network.
This will connect more than 1 million homes by 2019. Nokia's fibre access solutions will provide the technology and network backbone needed to support bandwidth-hungry entertainment and enterprise services across the country. These include HD video, 4K video services and Internet TV.
WorldLink currently has 160,000 residential broadband subscribers and 5,000 enterprise broadband circuits, and is adding 12,000 residential subscribers to its FTTH service every month. Using Nokia's 7360 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) FX high-capacity fibre access platform, WorldLink aims to evolve and scale its network in line with residential demands in a cost-efficient way.
Nokia's fibre 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 100 Mbits/s and experience ultra-broadband and HD IPTV services. Expanding beyond the metropolitan area of Kathmandu, the new fibre network will additionally enable WorldLink to more effectively address underserved areas across Nepal and further increase broadband penetration.
“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,” comments Manoj Agrawal, Director WorldLink. “With Nokia's fibre solution, our services are going to get faster, become more reliable and widely available to Nepali households"
Worldlink and Nokia have form in optical networking. In July 2017 the duo announced that they would be upgrading Worldlink’s 650 km long backbone network with Nokia's 1830 Photonic Service Switch Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology to support bandwidth-intensive entertainment and enterprise services across the country. The intercity network stretches from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa and Birgunj, and provides international connectivity between Nepal and other countries including India.