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Sri Lanka - Mobile Communications, Broadcasting and Forecasts

Sri Lanka - Mobile Communications, Broadcasting and Forecasts

The highly competitive mobile market in Sri Lanka had been running with a healthy overall annual growth rate for some years. While mobile penetration has historically been relatively low compared with other more developed Asian markets, it is now catching up, with penetration reaching 105% by 2015.

The market has undoubtedly benefited from its liberalisation and the competition that came with five operators continuing to battle it out for market share. However consolidation in Sri Lanka over the next few years is possible since the market is finding it increasingly difficult to sustain all five operators.

This report presents an overview of mobile phone services in Sri Lanka. The country's TV broadcasting sector is also briefly reviewed. The country's transition from analogue to broadcasting is expected to be completed by 2020.

Key developments:

The mobile subscriber base grew strongly during 2014 reaching 22.1 million subscribers.
Dialog Axiata continues to dominate the market with 42% market share.
The Sri Lankan government plans to deploy Google's Project Loon' balloons in order to increase 3G coverage across the country.
Dialog Broadband, launched an LTE Advanced pilot network in July 2015 in Colombo.
Etisalat expanded its 3G network coverage via the deployment of a further 200 base stations.
IPTV continues to grow strongly from a small base.
PeoTV's subscriber base grew 42% during 2014, with strong growth is expected to continue into 2015 and 2016.

Companies mentioned in this report:

SLT, Mobitel, Dialog Axiata (formerly Dialog Telekom); Etisalat Sri Lanka (formerly Tigo); Hutchison Lanka; Bharti Airtel Lanka; MTN Networks.


1. Synopsis
2. Mobile Communications
2.1 Overview of Sri Lanka's mobile market
2.2 Mobile statistics
2.3 Forecasts mobile services 2015; 2017; 2020
2.3.1 Scenario forecasts
2.3.2 Notes on forecasting
2.4 Third Generation (3G) mobile
2.4.1 Background
2.4.2 Licences and service launch
2.4.3 Development of 3G
2.5 Fourth Generation (4G) / Long Term Evolution (LTE)
2.6 M-banking
3. Major mobile operators
3.1 Dialog Axiata (formerly Dialog Telekom)
3.1.1 Company overview
3.1.2 Company statistics
3.1.3 Financials
3.1.4 Products and services
3.1.5 Launch and development of 3G
3.1.6 Launch and development of 4G / LTE
3.2 Mobitel
3.2.1 Overview
3.2.2 Statistics
3.2.3 Developments
3.2.4 Proposed takeover of Hutchison Lanka
3.2.5 Financials
3.2.6 Development of 3G
3.2.7 Launch and development of 4G
3.3 Etisalat Sri Lanka
3.3.1 Background
3.3.2 Acquisition by Etisalat
3.3.3 Statistics
3.3.4 Development
3.4 Hutchison Lanka
3.4.1 Background
3.4.2 Statistics
3.4.3 Development
3.4.4 Takeover by Mobitel
3.5 Bharti Airtel Lanka
3.5.1 Background
3.5.2 Statistics
3.5.3 Development
3.6 Satellite mobile
3.6.1 MTN Networks
3.6.2 Mobitel
3.6.3 Dialog Telekom
4. Broadcasting
4.1 Market overview
4.2 Regulatory environment
4.3 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT)
4.4 Internet Protocol TV (IPTV)
4.5 Cable and pay TV
4.5.1 Comet Cable
4.5.2 Dialog TV (DTV)
4.5.3 TV & Radio Network (Pvt) Ltd
4.6 Free-to-Air (FTA) TV
5. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration 1995 - 2005
Table 2 Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration 2006 - 2015
Table 3 Mobile operator market share based on subscribers 2014
Table 4 Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change 2014
Table 5 Mobile broadband subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 6 Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2015; 2017; 2020
Table 7 3G mobile operators and subscribers 2009; 2013
Table 8 Dialog Axiata subscribers and market share 2004 - 2014
Table 9 Dialog Axiata prepaid subscribers 2004 - 2014
Table 10 Dialog Axiata ARPU postpaid, prepaid and blended 2007 - 2015
Table 11 Dialog's smartphone penetration 2014 - 2015
Table 12 Dialog Axiata: 3G mobile subscribers 2012 - 2013
Table 13 Mobitel subscribers and market share 2004 - 2014
Table 14 Mobitel: 3G mobile subscribers 2012 - 2013
Table 15 Etisalat Sri Lanka subscribers - 2004 - 2014
Table 16 Etisalat: 3G mobile subscribers 2012 - 2013
Table 17 Hutchison Lanka subscribers and market share 2006 - 2014
Table 18 Hutchison: 3G mobile subscribers 2012 - 2013
Table 19 Bharti Airtel Lanka subscribers and market share 2009 - 2014
Table 20 Bharti Airtel: 3G mobile subscribers 2012 - 2013
Table 21 Key broadcasting statistics 2014
Table 22 SLT's PeoTV subscribers 2009 - 2014
Table 23 DTV's DTH subscribers 2008 - 2015
Chart 1 - Mobile subscribers and annual change 2000 2014
Chart 2 - Mobile operator market share - 2013
Chart 3 - Dialog Axiata subscribers and market share - 2004-2014
Chart 4 - Dialog Axiata prepaid subscribers - 2004-2014
Chart 5 - Mobitel subscribers and market share - 2005-2013
Chart 6 - Estisalat Sri Lanka subscribers 2005 - 2013

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