The monthly report based on data collected till the date of 16 August, 2013 released by NTA shows an increase of 1.21 percent in telephone users in Nepal. Compared to the figure of a month ago, telephone users have increased from 80.51 percent to 81.72. The increment is due to 1.12 percent increase in mobile users and 0.01 percent increase in fixed telephone users.
There hasn’t been any change in the market shares of the telecom companies from last month. NCell and NT have 49 and 43 percent of market shares respectively while UTL and Smart Tel have 3 and 4 percent each.
There has also been an increase of 0.83% in the internet penetration in Nepal from 26.10 percent last month to 26.93 percent as per August 15. Although, there is increase in number of users of all the internet services, GPRS still leads the users’ choice of internet service while NT’s CDMA comes second with 233,677 users and WiMax service from NT has gained 611 more users since last month and now has 3,177 users. Ncell still leads with 50 percent of entire market share in internet, while NT has 48 percent. UTL and other ISPs have 1 percent of market shares each.
If we look at the data over the last one year, the mobile penetration has increased by 13.88% while there has been 7.61 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.