Telecommunications service providers say that the use of data in Nepal has been increasing constantly with more people using social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter and communication platforms like Viber, Messenger, WhatsApp and WeChat.
While social networking sites are popular among teenagers and youths, platforms like Viber are popular among those having family members abroad.
“The launch of 4G service also helped increase the number of new internet users last year,” said Purushottam Khanal, senior director of the NTA. As there are still some areas which are not connected with the mobile network, internet penetration is likely to grow if they are connected, he said.
Mobile-based internet in Nepal is provided through platforms such as GPRS, EDGE, and WCDMA. Of the total mobile internet users, Nepal Telecom (NT) has the largest base of 8.66 million users, representing 54.91 percent of the market. Its closest rival Ncell has 7.41 million users, commanding 42.43 percent of the market. The remaining users are customers of United Telecom Limited (UTL) and Smart Telecom.
Internet penetration has also been growing through cable and fibre networks provided by different internet service providers (ISPs). The ISPs have 322,433 customers or 1.93 percent of the total number of internet users.
The internet service provided by ISPs or through cable and fibre networks can be consumed in large quantities as subscription for a given internet speed can be utilized without a threshold for data. This scheme is largely used by offices. However, mobile-connected data is mostly charged according to data consumption. According to Khanal, the internet service provided by ISPs is likely to be underrepresented as a single connection can be utilized by multiple users in a family, school or public places. There are at least 23 ISPs in Nepal.
World Link has the highest customer base of 64,170 customers, and Subisu Cable has the second highest user base of 53,732, followed by Broadlink Network and Communication with 21,581 users.Published: 2018-01-20 08:32:52