Kathmandu, July 11
The number of internet users in Nepal has increased by around 5.8 million in a span of one year recently, informs the country’s telecommunications regulator.
As of May 2020, the number of internet users in Nepal was 21.5 million, which increased to 27.3 million in May 2021, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority says.
It means 90.56 per cent of the country’s population has an access to the internet. However, the data should not be taken as an accurate figure as many people could have subscribed to more than one internet service and they can be counted as many people as their subscriptions.
The growing need for work from home and online classes amid the coronavirus infection fears have led to the excessive rise in the number of subscriptions across the country, according to internet service providers.
“Even if you don’t have anything to do, you have been restricted to home and you need social media and other sites to kill your time,” Binaya Bohora, a former president of the Internet Service Providers’ Association of Nepal, says, “It has already been difficult for you to stay home without the internet.”
There are around 40 ISPs in the country, and almost all of them have reported an exciting increase in the number of their customers.