Friday, July 26, 2013

Digital Index in Nepal on the Rise--An Analysis based on NTA's Monthly Report

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Yet again Nepal Telecommunications Authority has released its monthly report on telecommunication scenario in Nepal. The report based on data collected till the date of June 14, 2013 shows a significant growth in the telephone penetration in Nepal over last one month.

The report shows that the telephone users in Nepal have increased by 1.74% from 77.11% last month to 78.85% this month. Yet again the increase is significantly due to the increase in mobile penetration in Nepal from 68.45% last month to 70.04% while the percent of users of fixed telephone lines has increased by only 0.01 percent.

With total of 10,346,794 users, Ncell has gained a percent in its market share and now has 50% of total market shares while the mrket share of NTC remains static at 43% with total of 8,964,595 users while UTL has suffered a loss of 1% in its users and now has 3% of total users same as SmartTel .

Digital Index Increasing in Nepal (upto 14th june, 2013) from Janaki Technology Pvt. Ltd.

There has also been an increase of 0.59% in the internet penetration in Nepal from 25.23 percent last month to 25.82 percent as per June 14. Although, there is increase in number of users of all the internet services, GPRS still leads the users’ choice of internet service while the newly initiated WiMax service from NTC seems to be getting popular and has gained 683 more users since last month and now has 1886 users. Although Ncell  still leads with 51 percent of entire market share in internet, it is a percent less than last month of 52 percent  while NTC has the same percent of market shares as last month with 46 percent. UTL has gained a percent in its internet user and now has 2 percent of market share while other ISPs follow behind with 1 percent.

If we look at the data over the last one year, the mobile penetration has increased by 13.94% while there has been 6.88 percent increase in internet users in Nepal.

Overall, the data suggests that the penetration of communication technologies in Nepal is getting stronger and with the introduction of new operators and service providers there is strong competition in the market. While, Ncell still remains to be the most popular brand in telecommunication, WiMax the new internet service brought by NTC is getting popular with time. 


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