Telecommunications in Sri Lanka
Landlines in use: 2,732,423 Est (September, 2013)
Mobile Phones in use: 20,234,698 Est (September, 2013)
Excellent domestic service in urban and semi urban areas inadequate service, in rural and remote areas (2009), good international service (2009). The latest trend is the CDMA technology, because of this technology many Sri Lankans who live in rural and remote areas can now access a good telephone service.
The national trunk network consists mostly of digital microwave radio relay, fiber-optic links are now in use in the Colombo area and two fixed wireless local loops have been installed.
- Teledensity (Fixed Phones per 100 inhabitants) : 13.34 (September, 2013)
- Mobile Subscription per 100 people : 98.78 (September, 2013)
|Dialog||Dialog Broadband Networks (Pvt) Ltd||WiMAX, 4G LTE|
|Lanka Bell||Lanka Bell Limited||WiMAX, 4G LTE|
|SLT||Sri Lanka Telecom PLC||ADSL2+, VDSL2, 4G LTE, FTTH, Wi-Fi|
|Dialog||Dialog Axiata PLC||GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, 4G LTE|
|Mobitel||Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd||GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSPA+, 4G LTE|
|Etisalat||Etisalat Lanka (Pvt) Ltd||GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSPA+|
|Hutch||Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Pvt) Ltd||GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+|
|Airtel||Bharti Airtel Lanka (Pvt) Ltd||GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+|
Postal Service: Sri Lanka Post
Radio broadcast stations: AM 15, FM 50, shortwave 5
Television broadcast stations: 19 (2009)
Country code / Top-level domain: LK
LIRNEasia's Telecommunications Regulatory Environment (TRE) index, which summarizes stakeholders’ perception on certain TRE dimensions, provides insight into how conducive the environment is for further development and progress. The most recent survey was conducted in July 2008 in eight Asian countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Pakistan, Thailand, and the Philippines. The tool measured seven dimensions: i) market entry; ii) access to scarce resources; iii) interconnection; iv) tariff regulation; v) anti-competitive practices; and vi) universal services; vii) quality of service, for the fixed, mobile and broadband sectors.
In Sri Lanka, the mobile sector receives higher scores than the fixed sector for all dimensions excepting interconnection. The broadband sector lags behind both the fixed and mobile sectors in all but one of the parameters (regulation of anti-competitive practices). What also emerges in the results illustrated above is that all the sectors – other than mobile sector USOs – fall below the 5.00 average performance level.