Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Telecom Scenario In Nepal

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Nepal Telecommunications Authority has revealed its latest report on telecom services in Nepal. The report demonstrates the overall telecom scenario in Nepal based on the data collected till the date of February 15, 2013. The report shows that the users of telephone services in Nepal are growing rapidly over the years causing the telephone penetration rate to reach to a figure of 71.90%.

While there has been a slight decrease in the numbers of fixed or landline telephone lines from 3.19% last year to 3.14% this year, the users of mobile telephones have increased from 53.39% to 63.72%. In the last one year Ncell has shown remarkable growth in its number of users and is now the leading GSM network of Nepal with a market share of 48 percent i.e., 9,133,305 users compared to NTC’s 8,503,891 users with the market share of 45 percent. SmartTel and UTL each have 3 percent of market shares while other remaining service providers have one percent.

Although the telephone scenario seems promising and rapidly increasing, the internet has not been able to gain large number of users in the country. Although much higher than last year’s data of 16.67 percent, only 22.23 percent of entire population enjoys the internet service in Nepal with largest number of users relying upon GPRS for internet while the newly initiated WiMax service of NTC has minimum number of users.

Ncell also leads the market share as an internet service provider with 50 percent while NTC has 47 percent of the total market shares as an ISP and UTL and other ISPs have 2 and one percent shares respectively.
Overall, the users of telephone and internet are increasing rapidly in Nepal and with the introduction of new technology the users are expected to rise to a greater extent in coming years.

Source : Nepal Telecom Authority


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