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Nepal's Ncell Facing Fuel Shortages for Operations

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Nepal's Ncell has warned that it is facing fuel shortages that could see some of its data centres shut down, affecting its telecoms networks.

The company claims that it is no longer receiving sufficient supplies of diesel to power its generators from the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC). Supplies built up in the past are now said to be close to being depleted.

Ncell says it needs around 4,500 litres of diesel per day for each of its four data centres.

"We now have fuel for only three days. After that we will have to shut down our services," Ncell CEO Erim Taylanlar told a meeting of Parliamentary Committee on Development.

The company operates four data-centres, which support its telecoms network, and had been granted dedicated electricity supplies following last April's earthquake. However, those dedicated connections were removed from two data centres earlier this year, forcing the company to rely on local generators.

The state-owned Nepal Telecom still has its dedicated power supplies.

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