How many people have access to the Internet in Nepal?

If we remember the day before ten years, we used to go to cyber cafes to use the internet. Many of us have had to pay exorbitant international fees for talking to our relatives abroad over the phone.

But with the advent of the Internet, we started going to cyber cafes to make OTT voice and video calls. We spent hours in cybercafes paying our bills.

But in the space of ten years, technology has taken off so fast that the Internet has reached many homes today. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have expanded their infrastructure across the country as Internet and telecom companies expand their infrastructure.

But the internet facility of Nepal is still Poor. Nepal ranked 120th in the world for mobile speeds and 116th for fixed broadband speeds during October 2020.

Internet speed of Nepal

According to a survey by the Department of Statistics, 51.1 percent of households in Nepal have access to Internet services so far. Out of which, 59.2 percent urban and 34 percent rural households have access to internet.

According to Bagmati, 68.7 percent households have access to internet. Similarly in the second Gandaki Pradesh 57. 4 percent of households have access to the Internet.

Province No. 1 is in the third. Internet service has reached 51.3 percent of the households. Similarly, in Lumbini, the fourth largest state, 46.9 percent of households are connected to the Internet.

In the fifth-ranked province No. 2, 44.6 per cent, in the sixth-ranked Karnali province 25.8 per cent and in the seventh-ranked Far-Western region 24.3 per cent households have access to the Internet, according to the statistics department. The Nepal Multi-Indicator Cluster Survey covered 12,655 households across the country.

How many people have access to the Internet in Nepal?

Around 22.8 million of the population across the country now have internet access.

Among the total users, 56 per cent of internet users are using mobile data, according to Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA).

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Source: Nepal Telecommunications Authority

As per the Management Information System (MIS) report of NTA, there are a large number of 4G and fixed broadband users in the country. Around 5.7 million users are using fixed broadband for internet. Of them, 918,000 are using ADSL, while the remaining 4.8 million users are using private sector’s cable or fibre-to-thehome internet services.

According to the MIS report, fixed broadband has 19 per cent share in Nepali internet market, while wireless broadband has 76 per cent market share. Meanwhile, mobile broadband has the highest market share in the country. A total of 56 per cent users are using mobile data in the country.

Among mobile networking service providers, around 1.6 million users are of Nepal Telecom, while 3.7 million users are using Ncell.

Meanwhile, Smartcell has 182,585 4G users. According to NTA, there are over 11 million 3G users in the country.

The MIS report has also mentioned that Nepal Telecom has a total of 11.4 million subscribers, while Ncell has 6.5 million users.

The report has further revealed that even after four years of launch of 4G service in the country, the growth of 4G users has not been as expected. The mobile networking service providers are still not being able to give their services in most of the remote areas in the country.