Data published by Nepal’s telecoms regulator, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), shows the mountain nation was home to a total of 9.63 million fixed and mobile users as at 14 September 2010, up from 9.34 million the previous month. Of these, 8.30 million were signed up to one of the country’s mobile operators, up from 8.03 million, broken down as 7.46 million GSM users (7.21 million previously), and around 840,000 using Nepal Telecom (NT’s) CDMA service, Sky Phone. NT also reported a leading share of GSM subscribers with a customer base of 4.03 million, followed by Ncell, the brand name of Spice Nepal, with 3.43 million. The GSM market leader also claimed 4,099 3G subscribers at the end of the period, roughly unchanged from a month before.
In the fixed line arena, Nepal counted 840,104 fixed telephony users as at 14 September, up from 838,026 in mid-August, including 597,085 PSTN users and 243,019 WiLL subscribers. Incumbent operator NT counted 587,457 PSTN users and 173,326 WiLL users at that date, ahead of STM Telecom Sanchar (4,841, PSTN), Nepal Satellite Telecom (885, PSTN), Smart (3,902, PSTN) and United Telecom Limited (69,693, WiLL). The NTA also reported a small rise in internet users from 1.76 million to 2.10 million – with the majority connected via GPRS (1.88m) and CDMA 1x (101,464) – as well as 49,406 ADSL connections, 32,500 cable internet lines, 13,000 wireless or fibre connections and 27,137 dial-up accounts.