Telecommunications in Nepal

Telecommunications in Nepal
A Nepalese man hand-making a satellite dish in Nepal

The introduction of telecommunication services in Nepal is relatively recent. The first telephone exchange was established in Kathmandu in 1960. Since 1960 to 2004, the state-owned Nepal Telecommunications Corporation (NTC), also now known as Nepal Telecom, or Nepal Doorsanchar Company Limited (NDCL) had been the monopoly telecom carrier. Now, other competing telecom service providers are United Telecom Limited(UTL), and Ncell.

Telephones - PSTN: 422,456 (December 2004), CDMA

Telephones - Cellular service available by Nepal Telecom, formerly known as Nepal Telecommunications Corporation (NTC) and Spice Nepal (Pvt.) Ltd. 1 WLL telephone service by United Telecom Limited (UTL).

Telephone system: Good telephone and telegraph service; fair radiotelephone communication service and mobile cellular telephone network
Domestic: Microwave + Optical Fiber
International: Radiotelephone Communications; microwave landline to India; satellite earth station - 2 Intelsat (Indian Ocean)

Radio broadcast stations: AM 6, FM 20, shortwave 1 (January 2000)

Radios: 840,000 (1997)

Television broadcast stations: 5 (plus 9 repeaters) (2005)

Televisions: 130,000 (1997)

Registered Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 26 (2004)

Internet users: 200,000 (2004)

Country code (Top level domain): NP

Internet sites:


 This article incorporates public domain material from the CIA World Factbook document "2003 edition".

  • 1st Anniversary Souvenir, Nepal Telecom, 2005

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