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Private Limited
Founded2004; 15 years ago (2004)
Area served
Key people
Suren J. Amarasekera
ProductsMobile Telephony, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, 3G, 4G, HSPA+, DC-HSDPA
Servicesmobile telephony, broadband and fixed-line internet services
RevenueIncrease NPR 554.236 billion (2016)[1]
Increase NPR 554.236 billion (2017)
Increase NPR 28.122 billion (2017
Total assetsIncrease NPR 9879.289 billion (2017)
Total equityIncrease NPR 586.321 billion (2017)
Number of employees
504 (as of 2017)
ParentAxiata Group Berhad

Ncell (Nepali: एनसेल), is a privately owned mobile network operator in Nepal. Ncell was the first private company to operate public GSM services in Nepal, initially under Mero Mobile brand, then it was re-branded to Ncell on 12 March 2010 as soon as Swedish Telecommunication company Telia Sonera bought it.[2] It broke the monopoly held by the then state-owned, now public telecommunication company Nepal Telecom. On 12 April 2016, Ncell has officially become a part of Axiata Group Berhad, a Malaysian telecommunications group.


The company is owned in 80% by Axiata Group Berhad. Ncell had 6.73 million data subscribers as of mid-February 2017. Ncell had 15.21 million mobile subscribers as of Mid-February 2017.


Ncell became a part of Axiata Group Berhad on 12 April 2016, when the Group bought 100% shares of Reynhold Holdings, which holds 80% shares of Ncell. On 21 December 2015 TeliaSonera announced plans to sell its 60.4% ownership in Ncell to a Malaysian telecommunication conglomerate Axiata, with the deal expected to be completed in the first half of 2016.[3]


Ncell has new technologies and thoughts that attract many customers across Nepal which leave behind other telecommunications in competitive market. It had organized several IT related programs and sport-tournaments as a part of its corporate social responsibility. It is very good at advertising. It has painted the roofs of houses in Manakamana (which can be seen from cable car and that place is also called as Ncell Gaun by local peoples). On June 1, 2017, the company launched its 4G/LTE service in Kathmandu Valley, including Nagarkot, Banepa and Dhulikhel of Kavrepalanchowk district. As per its commitment, the company on July 1, 2017, also launched 4G/LTE service in Pokhara and Damauli, two western cities of Nepal.

Internet and Packages[edit]

Ncell provides different offers and services on its network. Among many other products and services, the company currently is providing different data packs.[4] Ncell provides packages services to the customer to use internet in low price and many people are using this offers of internet and global communication.

In 2010, when Ncell was still an under TeliaSonera, its highest 3G base station was made near one of the Everest Base Camps at the altitude of 5200 meters (17,000 feet).[5] According to company head Pasi Koistinen, the coverage can reach up to the summit of Everest. Due to this, climbers can access the internet and communicate with family while climbing the mountain.The cost of using NCELL as a operator is high as compared To Nepal Telecom.

Ncell is pioneering in self-service aspect of customer service and providing excellent self-service Ncell app. With Ncell app customer can view profile information, recharge account, check balance information, purchase data and voice packs. App can be also used to send daily 10 free SMS and check call details without contacting Ncell. Ncell is the most expensive mobile network in Nepal.[2]

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  1. ^ "Schedule-1, Unaudited Financial Results of Fourth Quarter of Financial Year 2073/74 (2016/17)" (PDF). Finance Department, Nepal Telecom.
  2. ^ a b "Ncell provides free websites to beginners". Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  3. ^ "TeliaSonera divests its holding in Ncell". TeliaSonera. 21 December 2015. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Ncell launches 'Facebook Free' offer under its 'Internet for All' theme". Ncell. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  5. ^ "3G network brings internet to Mount Everest climbers". BBC News. 2010-10-29. Retrieved 2017-08-03.