The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has published its latest Management Information System (MIS) report on the local market for the period 15 May 2013 – 14 June 2013, showing that there were a total of 18.557 million mobile users in the country at that date, up from 17.395 million at mid-March, a cellular penetration of 70.04%. Of the total, some 10.346 million were signed up with GSM market leader Ncell, while state owned incumbent Nepal Telecom (NT) had 7.380 million GSM and 829,447 CDMA-based customers.
In the fixed line sphere, the watchdog reported that Nepal was home to a total of 835,437 PSTN and wireless in the local loop (WiLL) subscribers at mid-June, a fixed teledensity of 3.15%, of which NT claimed 754,862 (639,968 PSTN and 114,894 WiLL), United Telecom Limited (UTL) had 71,797 (WiLL), Nepal Satellite Telecom had 2,950 (WiLL), STM Telecom Sanchar had 5,230 (PSTN) and Smart Telecom claimed 598 (PSTN). There were also a total of 1.498 million Limited Mobility Services (LMS) subscribers at the same date, the NTA said, mainly attributable to UTL (638,037) and Smart (713,302).
Furthermore, the watchdog reported that data and internet services reached a total of 6.841 million subscriptions at mid-June 2013, including 112,869 ADSL lines (all NT), 1,886 WiMAX connections (NT), 18,374 cable broadband (all internet service providers [ISPs]) and 56,896 fibre-optic and wireless broadband (ISPs). Finally, 2.912 million users are hooked up via mobile internet connections based on GPRS/EDGE/W-CDMA technology and 136,573 through CDMA2000 1xEV-DO.