Data published by the national regulator the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) shows that the mountain Kingdom was home to more than 14.215 million mobile subscribers at mid-March 2012 (Falgon, 2068), after net additions of 890,564 new connections in the preceding three-month period. At that date overall teledensity (fixed and mobile) stood at 60.34% (up from 56.46%), according to the NTA’s latest Management Information System report, as fixed lines reached 849,786 (including 222,798 WiLL lines), compared to 845,542 and 227,116 lines respectively at mid-December.
Nepal Telecom (NT) added a net 249,054 mobile subscribers in the three months to mid-March to boost its total to 6.751 million (including 848,944 CDMA users), while fellow GSM provider Ncell reported 7.463 million connections, having added the single largest net gain – or 611,510 users – in the three months under review. Meanwhile, the country’s smaller players fared less well in terms of subscriber growth. United Telecom Limited reached 613,801 customers from 591,511 previously, Nepal Satellite Telecom upped its total from 111,905 to 146,319, Smart Telecom had 311,227 users, up from 203,040 at mid-December, and STM had 5,336 (5,263).
At the same date the NTA said the total number of data and internet subscribers stood at 4.437 million, up from 3.873 million three months earlier, with the overwhelming majority (over 4.106 million) arising from GPRS mobile internet connections. The number of ADSL connections topped 81,661 for NT, with cable modem, CDMA 1x and other (wireless, fibre-optic) reaching 17,036, 180,958 and 32,279 respectively.