The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has published its latest market update, Management Information System (MIS) Mangsir, 2069 (December, 2012) covering the period to 14 October 2012, showing that the number of ADSL subscribers in the country stood at 99,572 at that date, up from 97,725 a month earlier. The DSL segment is a de facto monopoly of state-owned Nepal Doorsanchar Company Limited (Nepal Telecom, or NT) which also reported a total of 2.145 million GPRS/EDGE/W-CDMA (data/internet) subscribers at the same date, 123,033 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO users and 4,461 dial-up accounts. In total, there were 5.278 million internet subscribers at mid-October, up from 5.190 million a month earlier, an internet penetration rate of 19.92% (19.60% previously). There were also 45,618 wireless modem or fibre-optic Ethernet connections, 17,981 cable modem subscribers, and over five million GPRS/EDGE/W-CDMA or CDMA2000 1xEV-DO users – including NT’s total. The overall dial-up base meanwhile, fell to 15,008 from 15,022.