Internet penetration in Nepal has reached 102 per cent of the country's population, according to a report of the Nepal Telecommunications Authority.

The state-owned NTA prepared the report on the basis of population projection (2011-2030).

The report was prepared by assuming that Nepal's population would be 29.87 million. As per the NTA report, almost 31 million population was connected to internet facility till the end of the last fiscal year.

The report further states that mobile internet has the largest contribution to the internet penetration in the country. Till July 15, the contribution of mobile internet alone was 76.03 per cent, while more than 12.89 million population has access to 3G internet service.

Among them, the users of Nepal Telecom are the largest contributors as their number is 10.04 million followed by 2.46 million Ncell users.

The contribution of fixed broadband is 25.66 per cent with 700,285 users of ADSL and more than 727,000 FTTH internet users.

Likewise, the number of 4G service users has increased in recent days.

The NTA stated that the number of 4G users was almost 10 million till the end of the last fiscal year (15 July 2021). It is said that Nepal Telecom has 4.74 million 4G users and the number of NT users has increased sharply lately.

Likewise, Ncell has more than 5 million 4G users while the number of 4G users of Smart Telecom is 166,000.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 13 2021, of The Himalayan Times.