The monthly report based on data collected till the date of January,2014 released by NTA shows an increase of 1.86 percent in telephone users in Nepal. Compared to the figure of November 2013, telephone users have increased from 84% percent to 85.86%. The increment is due to 1.6 percent increase in mobile users and 0.01 percent increase in fixed telephone users.
There has been change in the market shares of the telecom companies. NCell and NT have 48 and 44 percent of market shares respectively while UTL and Smart Tel have 3 and 4 percent each. Market share of Ncell decreased from 49% to 48% whereas NT's market share was boosted from 43% to 44%.
There has also been an increase of 0.86% in the internet penetration in Nepal from 28.92 percent on November 2013 to 29.78 percent as per January 2014. Although, there is increase in number of users of all the internet services, GPRS still leads the users’ choice of internet service with 74,28,419 users while NT’s CDMA comes second with 235,838 users and WiMax service from NT has total 6790 users, previously it had 3,177 users. NT leads with 50 percent of entire market share in internet, while Ncell 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 2.7% and there has been 2.6% 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.