Public sector, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has opened its optical fibre gateways to Nepal and allows connecting its telecom, IT and Internet network with other counties also through the PSU's network.
BSNL has opened its gateways for Nepal telecom, which will enable telecom and IT traffic from Nepal Telecom to ride on BSNL's undersea cable to Colombo (Sri Lanka) and subsequently to other countries. Nepal Government is making similar deal with Airtel Bharti for an additional 34 Mbps of bandwidth and for using is fibre network to connect to other countries. Nepal is also planning to set up its proposed superhighway for cross-country data transfer. BSNL will provide bandwidth, while Bharti will help in reducing costs of Internet services and making affordable and accessible for its citizens to connect to the national network. Nepal Telecom has purchased 16 Mbps of symmetric bandwidth from BSNL at INR 16 million.