In Nepal, the number of 4G users has surpassed 1.5 million. And among the three telecom companies, Nepal Telecom (NTC) has surpassed Ncell in terms of subscribers, while Smart Cell has remained unaffected. The operator is leading the mobile broadband base in terms of numbers as it prepares for 5G, thanks to further growth and the use of NT fiber.
Nepal’s 4G broadband users, on the other hand, have surpassed 1 crore, 50 lakh, 58 thousand, 2 hundred, and 69 subscribers. As CG searches for a Unified License, Ntc, Ncell, and Smart Cell share these numbers.
Nepal has 1 crore, 44 lakh, 83 thousand, 656 people in Mangsir. This translates to 5 lakh, 74 thousand, 6 hundred, and 13 new 4G broadband users in the country. Ntc accounted for a significant portion of these, while Ncell’s numbers were negative and Smart Cell added a few thousand.
NTC is gaining 4G users, but Ncell’s network is stuttering!
In the month between Mansir and Poush, NTC’s steady 4G expansion continued, bringing in another close to 6 lakh subscribers. Between the months, the government-owned telco added 5 lakh, 96 thousand, and 56 new 4G users. This brings their overall 4G user base to 87 lakh, 70 thousand, 300, and 25 users.
The commercial debut of NTC’s VoLTE service, which permits HD voice conversations over 4G, has further reinforced the company’s 4G ecosystem. There are currently about 1 million Voice over LTE users and 1 lakh active users. This allows for simultaneous usage of mobile data and voice communications while avoiding the need for legacy networks. NTC’s continuous expansion resulted in a constant 4G increase in users in Nepal. In recent weeks, the telco has launched services in Nisikhola, Pathibhara, and Sisne.
Ncell, on the other hand, has had a difficult time acquiring new subscribers in recent months. In Mangsir, the operator added only 347 users while losing 25 thousand, 4 hundred, and 95 users. It has 61 lakh, 23 thousand, and 96 4G subscribers, according to the data.
Ncell is launching a VoLTE service
Ncell is also testing VoLTE on a few select handsets and plans to roll out the HD call service across the country soon. Although compatibility issues may prevent many handsets from receiving the service, the operator said it will speed up conversations with smartphone OEMs to enable connectivity on as many cellphones as possible. VoLTE, like Ntc, will bring extraordinary value-added service to the private telco’s 4G service. For the time being, all we can do is wait.
Smart Cell’s 4G users in Nepal
The 4G base of the financially struggling Smart Cell is fluctuating. In the previous two months, the operator lost 10,000 and 13,000 subscribers, respectively. But, in the end, it attracted 7,000 and 51 new users to its 4G network. According to NTA, it attracted 4 thousand and 52 new users to its 4G network. Smart Cell now has a total of 1 lakh, 64,800, and 48 clients. Compared to the two leading networks, this is by far the lowest. NTA Seems Certain to Revoke the Operator’s License, heaping extra weight on the operator’s shoulders.
In Nepal, the number of 4G users is rapidly increasing, and the country is on the verge of achieving blanket coverage where 2G is still available. And now, with Ntc stepping up its equipment procurement, the country could see the introduction of 5G.
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