Nepal’s mobile, broadband base continues to rise

16 Feb 2015

The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has released its latest statistical bulletin covering the month to 15 December 2014 (MIS Report 93 – 17 November-15 December 2014). At that date the country was home to nearly 22.85 million GSM mobile users – up from 21.49 million three months earlier – split between privately owned Ncell (12.09 million) and government-backed Nepal Telecom (NT – 9.76 million). In addition, NT claimed 1.17 million CDMA-based mobile users, up from 1.15 million at mid-September. In the fixed broadband sector, meanwhile, NT had 135,064 ADSL subscribers by 15 December, up from 121,570 three months earlier, with gains also being made in the cable modem sector (up from 33,498 to 47,182) and in the WiMAX market (from 9,891 to 11,102), though a decline in other broadband connection types, such as wireless modems and fibre, was registered (from 64,304 to 46,701).