KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) – Nepal opened an optical fibre link across the Himalayan mountains to China yesterday, ending years of dependency on India for Internet access.
Information minister Mohan Bahadur Basnet inaugurated the link in a ceremony in the capital, Kathmandu. The optical fibre line crosses into China from the Rasuwagadhi border point, northwest of Kathmandu.
Until yesterday, landlocked Nepal’s only Internet connections were through three access points in neighbouring India. China is providing an additional route to the global Internet.
Nepal is covered on three sides by India, which has extensive influence on its economy and politics. China and Nepal share a border covered with high mountain peaks.