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Sri Lanka - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Sri Lanka - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Sri Lanka's mobile broadband market gathers pace
Sri Lanka's telecoms market is relatively small but mature compared to neighbouring countries of Bangladesh and Pakistan. A good start has been made on expansion and provision of supporting infrastructure for telecommunications services.
The fixed line market in Sri Lanka remains underdeveloped due to the dominance of the mobile segment. Further, the number of fixed telephone lines is slowly declining as the mobile segment continues to expand. Overall penetration dropped from 16.3% in 2012 to 11.3% in 2017. The market is predicted to decline further over the next five years to 2022 as the mobile segment continues to grow for both voice and data/broadband usage.
Sri Lanka's mobile market has experienced strong growth over the last five years.
By offering an effective and efficient alternative to the fixed-line networks, with their chronic problems in meeting the general demand for telephone services, the mobile phone has become an essential service and has grown strongly.
Mobile penetration has risen from 96% in 2012 to 126% in 2017. The last three years in particular have seen very strong growth led by the market leader Dialog Axiata. Slow to moderate growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022. The market will be constrained from higher growth due to very strong local competition and a saturated mobile market.
Sri Lanka has seen a very strong increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years with market penetration increasing from 8% in 2012 to 21% in 2017, driven by a rising level of mobile subscribers. However, the mobile broadband market is still at an early stage of development with penetration well below most other developed Asian countries.
The development of the internet remains of particular concern for Sri Lanka. Coverage and accessibility remains limited and the sophistication of the available services generally remained low.
Fixed broadband penetration in Sri Lanka remains very low mainly due to the dominance of the mobile platform. Also, the limited and declining number of fixed lines is restricting more widespread development of fixed broadband. However, the market has grown strongly over the past five years from a very small base with penetration increasing from 1.7% in 2012 to 4.7% in 2017. Over the next five years to 2022 strong growth is expected to continue.
Ongoing growth in the telecoms market is likely to be spearheaded by data services (from both mobile and fixed sources). Demand for broadband data services driven by 4G adoption and increased smartphone penetration should drive reasonably strong growth in the local market over the next few years.
The market is now moving from 4G towards 5G mobile services. Dialog Axiata carried out a 5G' network capability trial with technology partners Ericsson and Huawei in Colombo.
The availability of e-commerce applications including mobile banking, e-bus ticketing, and mobile points of sale (POS) continues to increase.

Key developments:

Moderate growth is predicted over the next five years for Sri Lanka's internet market.
The market is now moving from 4G towards 5G mobile services.
Fixed broadband penetration in Sri Lanka remains very low mainly due to the dominance of the mobile platform.
Sri Lanka has seen a very strong increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years.
The availability of e-commerce applications continues to increase.

Companies mentioned in this report:

SLT (Sri Lanka Telecom), Mobitel, Dialog Axiata; Etisalat Sri Lanka; Hutchison Lanka; Bharti Airtel Lanka; SLT, Lanka Bell, Suntel.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Sri Lanka - 2017 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
    • BACKGROUND
      • Table Sri Lanka's real GDP growth rate - 2006 - 2017
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET OVERVIEW AND ANALYSIS
      • Table Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
      • Table Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2017 - 2022
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGULATORY COMMISSION (TRC)
    • NATIONAL POLICY ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW OF OPERATORS
      • Table Historic - Fixed-line operators and subscribers
      • Table Number of telecom operator licences by category - 2017
    • SLT (SRI LANKA TELECOM)
      • Table Historic - SLT fixed-line subscribers
    • LANKA BELL
      • Table Historic - Lanka Bell fixed-line subscribers
    • DIALOG BROADBAND NETWORKS (DBN)
      • Table Historic - DBN fixed-line subscribers
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • INTRODUCTION
    • FIXED-LINE STATISTICS AND MARKET FORECAST
      • Table Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
      • Table Historic - Fixed-lines subscribers and penetration - 2006 - 2012
      • Table Fixed subscribers - wireline and wireless (WLL) - 2009 - 2016
      • Table Historical - fixed-line subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1995 - 2005
    • NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK
    • OTHER DEVELOPMENTS
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
        • Table Historical - WLL subscribers
        • Table WLL subscribers - 2006 - 2016
      • Fibre optic networks
      • Fibre to the Building (FttB)
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine
    • SPECIFIC IT DEVELOPMENTS
      • Cloud Computing
  • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION
    • INTERNET STATISTICS AND MARKET FORECAST
      • Table Internet Users and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
      • Table Historic - Internet users, annual change and penetration - 1996 - 2012
      • Table Fixed internet subscribers - 1994 - 2016
      • Table International Internet Bandwidth and Annual Growth- 1998 - 2017
    • FIXED BROADBAND STATISTICS AND MARKET FORECAST
      • Table Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
      • Table Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2002 - 2011
      • Table Historic - DSL subscribers
    • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • Wireless broadband/WiMAX
      • WiFi
  • MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE STATISTICS AND MARKET FORECAST
      • Table Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration - 1995 - 2011
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS AND MARKET FORECAST
      • Table Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2009 - 2022
    • VOLTE
    • MIMO
    • MOBILE REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Pricing
  • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • 3G
      • 4G LTE
      • 4.5G developments
  • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
    • OPERATORS
      • Table Mobile operators and systems
      • Table Mobile operator subscribers and Market Share - 2017
      • Table Historic - Mobile operator subscribers and Market Share - 2016
    • DIALOG AXIATA
      • Table Dialog Axiata subscribers and market share - 2004 - 2017
      • Table Dialog Axiata prepaid subscribers - 2004 - 2017
      • Table Dialog Axiata ARPU - 2007 - 2017
    • MOBITEL
      • Table Mobitel subscribers - 2004 - 2017
      • Table Mobitel annual revenue - 2015 - 2016
    • ETISALAT SRI LANKA
      • Table Etisalat Sri Lanka subscribers - 2004 - 2017
    • HUTCHISON LANKA
      • Table Hutchison Lanka subscribers - 2006 - 2017
    • BHARTI AIRTEL LANKA
      • Table Bharti Airtel Lanka subscribers - 2009 - 2017
  • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
    • M-COMMERCE
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-COMMERCE
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-HEALTH
    • E-EDUCATION
      • School Net project
      • Connect To Learn Project in Kandy
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • BROADCASTING
      • Table Key broadcasting statistics
    • PROJECT LOON
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV (DTT)
    • CABLE AND PAY TV
      • Table DTV's DTH subscribers - 2008 - 2016
  • RELATED REPORTS

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