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Sri Lanka - Internet Services, the Broadband Market and Forecasts

Sri Lanka - Internet Services, the Broadband Market and Forecasts

Internet access services in their various forms and associated data services are finally taking off in the country, but coverage and accessibility continue to present challenges. Internet user penetration was estimated at around 30% by 2015. However, the sophistication of the services available is only slowly improving. 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, by 2015 fixed broadband internet services were being supplemented by a rapidly expanding mobile broadband segment. Also during 2015 the availability of e-commerce applications including mobile banking, e-bus ticketing, and mobile points of sale (POS) continued to increase. Demand for broadband data services driven by 3G and 4G adoption and increased smartphone penetration should drive reasonably strong growth in the local market over the next few years.

As well as providing an overview of Sri Lanka's internet and broadband sector, this report takes a brief look at some of the service providers.

Key developments:

Fixed internet subscribers continue to grow but at a slow rate of under 4% per annum.
In February 2015 Ericsson Sri Lanka and SLT Mobitel launched the Connect to Learn initiative for the Kandy region.
By mid-2015 the government was rolling out WiFi 1,000 hotspots.
The government plans to deploy Google's Project Loon' balloons to increase 3G coverage across the country.
The Information and Communications Technology Agency (ICTA) launched the Lanka Government Cloud (LGC);
Sky Network, a subsidiary of SLT, launched its WiMAX service;
SLT claimed the launch of first FttH service in Sri Lanka;
Second phase of e-Sri Lanka' project approved by government.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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 and broadband statistics
2.3 Forecasts Internet services 2015; 2017; 2020
2.3.1 Scenario forecasts
2.3.2 Notes on forecasting
2.4 Internet exchange
2.5 E-Learning
2.5.1 School Net project
2.5.2 Connect To Learn Project in Kandy
2.6 Lanka Government Cloud (LGC)
2.7 e-Sri Lanka
2.8 ISP market
2.8.1 Overview
2.8.2 SLTNet
2.8.3 Suntel wOw
2.8.4 BellNet
2.8.5 Wishya Online (Pvt) Ltd
2.8.6 ITMIN Ltd
2.8.7 Eureka Online (Pvt) Ltd
2.9 E-commerce
2.10 E-government
3. Broadband Market
3.1 Overview
3.1.1 National Broadband Consultative Committee (NBCC)
3.1.2 Broadband monitoring
3.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
3.3 Wireless broadband/WiMAX
3.4 WiFi
3.5 Fibre to the Building (FttB)
4. Internet Protocol TV (IPTV)
5. Related reports
Table 1 Internet users, annual change and penetration 1996 - 2015
Table 2 Fixed internet subscribers 1994 - 2014
Table 3 Computer penetration by household 2005 - 2015
Table 4 International internet bandwidth 1998 - 2015
Table 5 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2002 - 2015
Table 6 DSL subscribers 2003 - 2013
Table 7 Mobile broadband subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 8 Broadband subscribers fixed and mobile 2010 - 2014
Table 9 Broadband subscribers and households 2014
Table 10 Forecast fixed broadband internet subscribers and penetration 2015; 2017; 2020
Table 11 SLT's DSL broadband subscribers 2005 - 2014
Chart 1 - Internet users 2003 2014
Chart 2 - Internet subscribers 2000 - 2014
Chart 3 - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2005 2014
Chart 4 DSL subscribers 2005-2013
Chart 5 - SLT's DSL broadband subscribers 2005 2013
Exhibit 1 Licensed Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
Exhibit 2 Licensed Data Communications Service Providers (Facility-based)
Exhibit 3 Licensed Data Communications Service Providers (Non-Facility based)

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