6.1. The Nepal Doorsanchar Company Limited (NDCL), Nepal’s incumbent
telecommunications operator, has made significant progress in the growth and development of the national public switched telecommunications network (PSTN) in the last decade, particularly during Nepal’s Fifth Phase Telecom Project (1992-97).
6.2. With the introduction of new Telecom Operators, the same tempo of growth continues with the number of distributed lines increasing from approximately
65,000 in 1992 to over 8,05,061 (PSTN + WLL), Post-paid Mobile
Subscribers 1,13,742 and Pre-paid Mobile Subscribers 28,82,555 till 12
April, 2008 (30 Chaitra, 2064). The fully digital network offers full national and international direct dialing services.
6.3. The national trunk network is equipped with 9202 Mbps, out of which 8434
Mbps link is being used to link Kathmandu with the rest of the country whereas 768 Mbps link is used within Kathmandu Valley. (based on NDCL MIS)
6.4. Nepal Doorsanchar Company Limited, the only wireline operator in Nepal has 233 Telephone exchanges in operation at 224 different locations in 72 districts of Nepal. (based on NDCL MIS)
6.5. There are a total of 4575 International telephone circuits in operation
including Microwave circuits. (based on NDCL MIS)
6.6. Total capacity of E1 links installed is 4,601 out of which 3,994 are equipped,
2,273 are currently used and 1,721 is spare. (based on NDCL MIS)
6.7. UTL has installed a total of 657 International Telephone circuits and 4012
Domestic Telephone circuits.