Nepalese falling short of Millennium Development Goals

24 May 2010

The government of Nepal is falling behind its teledensity targets as set down in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Himalayan Times reports that the country is hoping to achieve an overall fixed and mobile teledensity of 55% in its three-year interim plan for the year 2010/11, but the figure currently stands at just 27%.

Nepal Doorsanchar Company Limited (Nepal Telecom, or NT) is forecasting growth of 8.9 million subscribers in the next three years, on top of the current 5.1 million subscribers on its books. Meanwhile mobile operator Spice Nepal (Ncell), which recently rebranded from Mero Mobile, claims to have more than 1.8 million customers and a network covering 60% of the population and 22% of the geographical territory.