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Telecommunication in Nepal

Compared to the European Union, Nepal is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +977, there were a total of 39.98 million connections in 2020. Among them were 39.18 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.4 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Nepal is back. Around 34% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 3% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 41,256 webhosts, Nepal is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 6,096 million of these, or about 15 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 33.87 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Nepal ranked 108th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 29.63 Mbit/second (77th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 25th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Nepal comes 110th with a download speed of 22.39 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 13 Mbit was enough for 76th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in September 2021 from 181 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.


Access to the Internet in Nepal from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Nepal 2006 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019

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