Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA)
Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA)was established on 1998 with the aim of making the telecommunications service reliable and easily available to the public, making necessary arrangement to avail basic telecommunications service and facilities in all rural and urban areas throughout Nepal, protecting the rights and interests of consumers by ensuring the provision of quality service and making arrangement for the coordination and healthy competition among the persons providing Telecommunications Service and facilities. Tremendous achievements have been obtained in that period. Facilitation for the investment of private sector in Telecom sector has sprouted four service providers providing basic Telephony and Mobile Telephony service. Combined (basic plus mobile) Penetration Rate is still lurking at 19 with near about 5.3 million Telephone connections. Telephone service has reached 3469 out of 3915 Village Development Committees of Nepal. More operators are already in the pipeline to extend service in the rural areas. Likewise, 40 Internet Service Providers are providing internet (with E-mail) service. Fifty-nine districts have point of presence (PoP) facilitating dial up internet service using local dialing facility. Seventy-five districts are availing internet facility through CDMA technology and mobile service. Broadband Internet service is available in major cities through ADSL, Optical Fiber and Radio technology.