The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has published its latest ‘Management Information System (MIS)’ market report for the period Mangsir, 2069 (16 November -15 December, 2012), showing that the total number of fixed telephony users continues to slide, while mobile take-up carries on apace. The fixed telephony base stood at 831,703 at 15 December 2012, down from 836,825 three months earlier, according to the MIS report, of which 639,170 were PSTN lines and 192,533 were wireless in the local loop (WiLL) connections. Meanwhile, in the data/internet segment, the total number of connections rose to over 5.5693 million, boosting population penetration of internet services to 21.49%, the NTA said. The overwhelming majority of users – around five and a half million – use a mobile (GPRS, EDGE, W-CDMA, CDMA 1xEV-DO) device to access the world wide web, although ADSL (103,304 lines), cable (18,158), wireless or fibre-optic (49,690) and WiMAX (76) are also popular access platforms.
In the mobile segment, the total number of GSM and CDMA subscribers in Nepal stood at 16.608 million at the end of the period under review, up from 15.810 million three months earlier, a penetration rate of 62.68 lines per head of population. The overwhelming majority, 15.78 million were GSM users to either Spice Nepal Private (Ncell) or NT. The former had 9.05 million GSM customers at mid-December up from 8.60 million three months earlier, ahead of NT with 7.73 million (6.37 million). In addition, NT counted 833,367 CDMA Sky Phone users, up marginally from 832,864.