WorldLink, the largest internet service provider in the country, has announced plans to build internet data centres (IDCs) in 14 major towns of Nepal ensuring at least one data centre in every province.

Organising a press meet today, WorldLink informed that out of the proposed 14 data centres, the Kathmandu data centre will be the largest and internationally accredited, Tier 3-certified world class data centre. The remaining data centres will be medium and smaller in sizes and will be Tier 2-certified, the WorldLink stated.

According to the company, all the data centres will be with carrier-neutral facilities, meaning they will not only facilitate WorldLink's infrastructure but also that of other ISPs, telecoms, government and private organisations for the development of ICT infrastructure of the whole country.

As per its plan, WorldLink will invest around Rs three billion over the next three years to build the data centres. According to the company, the major motive behind this project is to give quality internet service to its customers and support in building a Digital Nepal - a project initiated by the government.

"With these IDC facilities, everyone will get internet content faster, cheaper and in a more reliable mode. Even the government and private organisations will find a very secure and reliable world class facility to host their digital contents and cloud infrastructure," states the statement issued by the company.

The growth of internet traffic worldwide is increasing at an unprecedented pace putting pressure on the internet infrastructure and worsening user experience and internet speed.

"Therefore, for better internet experience, there is a need of having servers locally, to store the content as near as possible.

Nepal is also witnessing exponential growth in internet traffic with robust growth in the use of digital services," reads the statement.

The company has further stressed that the government and private sector organisations have to quickly adapt to advanced digital technologies and move to cloud services at a higher pace than anticipated earlier.

A version of this article appears in the print on January 29, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.