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Sri Lanka - Internet Services, the Broadband Market and Forecasts

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Sri Lanka - Internet Services, the Broadband Market and Forecasts

There were only six Internet Service Providers in Sri Lanka just over a decade ago. The number jumped quickly to over 20 and included a number of innovative operators. As this report indicates, internet and other forms of data services have been starting to take off in the country, but coverage and accessibility continue to present challenges. Internet user penetration was estimated at around 15% by early 2012. The sophistication of the services available had generally remained low. The early moves to offer broadband internet in the country met with limited success and it seemed that it would be some time before there is a substantial broadband market. However, there had been some promising signs of growth in broadband services from 2007/08 onwards. Of particular interest was the upsurge in activity in the mobile broadband segment of the market; by 2011/2012 this was being seen in terms of significant subscriber numbers. Overall broadband penetration, including mobile broadband, had reached just over 4% by early 2012. As well as providing an overview of Sri Lanka's internet sector, this report takes a brief look at some of the service providers.

Key developments:

The Information and Communications Technology Agency (ICTA) launched the Lanka Government Cloud (LGC);
Sky Network, a subsidiary of SLT, launched its WiMAX service;
The TRC began conducting tests on the quality of broadband services offered by the various operators;
SLT claimed launch of first FttH service in Sri Lanka;
Second phase of e-Sri Lanka' project approved by government.

Companies covered in this report include:

SLT, SLTNet, SkyNet, Suntel, Lanka Bell, BellNet, Wishya Online (Pvt) Ltd, ITMIN Ltd, Eureka Online (Pvt) Ltd.

1. Synopsis
2. Internet Market
2.1 Overview
2.2 Internet statistics
2.3 Forecasts Internet services 2015; 2020
2.3.1 Notes on forecasting
2.4 Internet control and censorship
2.5 Internet exchange
2.6 Public internet access
2.7 School Net project
2.8 Lanka Government Cloud (LGC)
2.9 e-Sri Lanka
2.10 ISP market
2.10.1 SLTNet
2.10.2 Suntel wOw
2.10.3 BellNet
2.10.4 Wishya Online (Pvt) Ltd
2.10.5 ITMIN Ltd
2.10.6 Eureka Online (Pvt) Ltd
2.11 E-commerce
2.12 E-government
3. Broadband Market
3.1 Overview
3.1.1 National Broadband Consultative Committee (NBCC)
3.1.2 Broadband monitoring
3.2 Broadband statistics
3.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
3.4 Wireless broadband/WiMAX
3.5 Fibre to the Building (FttB)
4. Internet Protocol TV (IPTV)
5. Related reports
Table 1 Internet users, annual change and penetration 1996 - 2014
Table 2 Fixed internet subscribers 1994 - 2014
Table 3 Computer penetration by household 2005 - 2014
Table 4 International internet bandwidth 1998 - 2014
Table 5 Forecast fixed internet subscribers and penetration rate 2015; 2020
Table 6 SLT's DSL broadband subscribers 2005 - 2013
Table 7 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2002 - 2014
Table 8 DSL subscribers 2003 - 2013
Table 9 Mobile broadband subscribers 2009 - 2014
Table 10 Broadband subscribers fixed and mobile 2010 - 2014
Table 11 Broadband subscribers and households March 2014
Chart 1 - Internet users 2003 2014
Chart 2 - Internet subscribers 2000 - 2014
Chart 3 - SLT's DSL broadband subscribers 2005 2013
Chart 4 - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2005 2014
Chart 5 DSL subscribers 2005-2013
Exhibit 1 Licensed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) 2010
Exhibit 2 Licensed Data Communications Service Providers (Facility-based) February 2011
Exhibit 3 Licensed Data Communications Service Providers (Non-Facility based) February 2011

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