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Sri Lanka - Key Statistics, Telecom Market Overview and Forecasts


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Sri Lanka - Key Statistics, Telecom Market Overview and Forecasts

Sri Lanka's telecommunications sector has had to contend with a developing market in the difficult context of a nearly two-decade-long conflict between the government and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels. With the end of the war in 2009 has come the hope of an enduring peace and a general improvement in the country's social and economic well-being. This also found the telecom sector well positioned for vigorous growth. As this report describes, there are a range of major initiatives in place that should boost the building of national infrastructure and open the market to more competition. Sri Lanka Telecom losing its monopoly in a number of key areas earlier on led the way and since then the market has progressively been opened up to more and more competition. The presence of foreign investors has been a positive factor in the growth in the market. In the meantime, a mobile penetration of just over 90% coming into 2012 suggests there is more room for growth in that market segment; fixed-line subscriber growth is stagnant, with little chance of revival; and broadband internet is finally starting to grow strongly from a low base. As well as providing an overview of the telecom market in Sri Lanka, this report provides a range of key statistics for the sector plus scenario forecasts for fixed-line growth.

Key developments:

Sri Lanka's mobile market was at around 100% penetration by end-2013;
Full service operator Dialog Axiata acquired fixed-line operator Suntel;
SLT launched another major optical fibre project;
Fixed wireless service constituted 74% of total fixed line services in 2011; this had dropped to 59% by June 2014;
The local economy was continuing to grow at around 7% annually in the post-conflict' period.

Companies covered in this report include:

SLT, Lanka Bell, Suntel, Dialog Axiata (formerly Dialog Telekom), Etisalat Sri Lanka (formerly Tigo), Mobitel, Hutchison Lanka, Bharti Airtel Lanka.


1. Synopsis
2. Key Statistics
3. Country Overview
3.1 Background
3.2 Economy
4. Sri Lanka's telecommunications market
4.1 Overview
4.2 World Bank-Dialog Axiata training initiative
4.3 Background to development
5. Regulatory Environment
5.1 Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC)
5.2 National Policy on Telecommunications
5.2.1 Adoption in 1998
5.2.2 The years 2001-2005
5.2.3 Proposed Ten Year Development Plan (2006-2016)
5.3 Historical overview
5.3.1 Convergence Act
5.4 Deregulation
5.4.1 Background
5.4.2 EGO Licences International licences
5.4.3 International Traffic Bypass Control rules
5.5 Licences
5.6 Regulatory developments
5.7 Privatisation
5.7.1 SLT
6. Telecommunications Infrastructure
6.1 Overview
6.2 National telecom network
6.3 Fixed-line statistics
6.4 Forecasts fixed-line market 2015; 2020
6.4.1 Notes on forecasting
6.5 Infrastructure development
6.5.1 STL's role
6.5.2 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
6.5.3 Fibre optic networks
6.5.4 National Backbone Network (NBN)
6.5.5 Payphones
6.5.6 Numbering plan
6.5.7 Internet Protocol (IP) networks
6.6 International infrastructure
7. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Sri Lanka 2014
Table 2 Telephone network statistics March 2014
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2013
Table 4 Mobile statistics March 2014
Table 5 National telecommunications authorities
Table 6 Sri Lanka's real GDP growth rate 2006 - 2015
Table 7 National network status March 2014
Table 8 Number of telecom operator licences by category March 2014
Table 9 Fixed lines in service, annual change and teledensity 1995 - 2014
Table 10 Fixed subscribers wireline and wireless (WLL) - 2009 - 2014
Table 11 Forecast fixed line subscribers and penetration rate 2015; 2020
Table 12 WLL subscribers 1996 - 2014
Chart 1 - Fixed lines in service and annual change 2000 - 2014
Chart 2 - Fixed subscribers - wireline and WLL - 2009-2014

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