Nepal’s mobile base continues to climb; 20.647m users by mid-March

20 May 2014

Latest data published by the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) in its Management Information System Report No 84 (for the month ended 14 March, 2014), shows that the country was home to more than 20.647 million mobile users at that date, up from 19.864 million three months earlier, equivalent to a cellular penetration of 77.92% (74.97%). GSM market leader Spice Nepal Private (Ncell) claimed 11.169 million of the total, up from 10.867 million in mid-December 2013, while state owned incumbent Nepal Telecom (NT) had 8.429 million GSM and 1.048 million CDMA-based customers, compared to 7.979 million and 1.018 million three months before.

In the fixed line market, NTA reported a total of 827,295 PSTN and wireless in the local loop (WiLL) subscribers at mid-March, down from 851,199 at mid-December 2013, a fixed teledensity of 3.12% (3.21%), of which NT claimed 770,973 (648,920 PSTN and 122,053 WiLL), United Telecom Limited (UTL) had 47,850 (WiLL), Nepal Satellite Telecom had 2,644 (WiLL), CG Communications (formerly STM Telecom Sanchar) had 5,230 (PSTN) and Smart Telecom claimed 598 (PSTN). There were also a total of 1.631 million Limited Mobility Services (LMS) subscribers at the same date, the NTA said, mainly attributable to Smart (1.024 million) and UTL (458,609).

Finally, MIS No 84 confirmed that Nepal was home to 121,910 ADSL users, 24,841 cable subscriptions, 63,042 wireless modem or fibre-optic connections, 7,859 WiMAX accounts and more than four million GPRS/EDGE/W-CDMA or CDMA2000 1x/1xEV-DO users at the same date. Including wireless high speed connections, NTA claims that internet penetration stood at 30.09% at mid-March, up from 28.63% three months earlier.