Nepal’s fixed line base reaches 812,615 in August; mobile users top 5.59m

24 Sep 2009

Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has published its latest ‘Management Information System’ report for the period ended 14 August 2009, showing the country was home to a total of 812,615 fixed line users. Of the total, 563,127 lines were PSTN connections for incumbent operator Nepal Doorsanchar Company Limited (NDCL, or Nepal Telecom), while the remainder were wireless in the local loop (WiLL) connections for Nepal Telecom (177,265), United Telecom Limited (68,163) and STM Telecom (4,060). Fixed teledensity stood at 2.95% at the end of the period the regulator said.

In the mobile segment, Nepal Telecom again led the way with more than 3.169 million GSM users, ahead of Spice Nepal’s base of 1.873 million, while CDMA (Sky Phone) services rendered Nepal Telecom a further 555,338 connections, and helped pushed cellular penetration to 20.35% by 14 August. The NTA also reported a smattering of ‘other’ mobile users, including limited mobility (85,577), GMPCS (1,517) and W-CDMA (683). Meanwhile in the data services market, Nepal, or more specifically Nepal Telecom, had 15,561 ADSL connections at the end of the review period, as well as 50,400 registered GPRS customers and 3,283 CDMA 1x subscribers, while United Telecom and Spice Nepal counted 24,823 and 332,428 CDMA 1x users respectively.