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Sri Lanka Telecommunications Report Q1 2017

  • November 2016
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  • Business Monitor International
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  • 57 pages

Includes 3 FREE quarterly updates

BMI View:
Sri Lanka is the most financially inclusive country in South Asia, yet ATM and bank branch penetration remain low. Mobile financial services do however have the potential to increase accessibility to basic financial services for rural dwellers, estimated at 81.6% of the country's population in 2015, with foreign remittance services and bill settlements driving usage. However, limited smartphone and mobile data adoption remain major obstacles. While the mobile penetration rate reached 117.7% at the end of 2015, 3G/4G penetration was just 11.5%. The transition to data will underpin the widespread adoption of mobile banking only in the long term.

Latest Updates & Industry Developments


- More than 80% of mobile phone subscriptions remain prepaid, which limits the market for premium services. ARPU has not increased, although 3G and 4G services have been launched, as operators compete aggressively on price.

- Consolidation is likely in the mobile market as telecoms tax erodes operator revenues. Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) and Dialog Axiata are looking to acquire Hutchinson Lanka and Airtel, respectively.

- There were 24.696mn mobile subscriptions at the end of June 2016. Dialog Axiata continues to dominate the mobile market with an estimated 44.8% of all subscriptions in Q217. Mobitel likewise claimed 24.3% of the market.

Table Of Contents

Sri Lanka Telecommunications Report Q1 2017
BMI Industry View 7
SWOT 9
Telecoms 9
Industry Forecast 11
Latest Updates 11
Structural Trends 11
Table: Telecoms Sector - Historical Data and Forecasts (Sri Lanka 2013-2020) 15
Industry Risk/Reward Index 16
APAC Risk/Reward Index 16
Table: APAC Telecoms Risk/Reward Index, Q117 18
Sri Lanka Risk/Reward Index 19
Market Overview 21
Market Drivers and Trends 21
Mobile 21
Table: Sri Lanka Mobile Subscriptions By Type ('000) 23
Wireline Voice and Broadband 24
Pay-TV/Convergence 25
Regulatory Development 28
Regulatory Overview 28
Industry Risks 28
Main Development: Taxation 29
Table: Sri Lanka - Effective Telecoms Tax Rates 30
Additional Developments 30
Competitive Landscape 31
Table: Sri Lanka Telecoms Sector Key Players 31
Mobile Operator Data 31
Table: Sri Lanka Mobile Market Overview 31
Table: Dialog Axiata 31
Table: Bharti Airtel Lanka 32
Table: Etisalat Lanka 33
Table: Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka 33
Table: Mobitel 33
Wireline Operator Data 34
Table: Sri Lanka Fixed-Line Market Overview 34
Company Profile 35
Dialog Axiata 35
Hutchison Lanka 39
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) 42
Demographic Forecast 46
Demographic Outlook 46
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Sri Lanka 1990-2025) 47
Table: Key Population Ratios (Sri Lanka 1990-2025) 47
Table: Urban/Rural Population and Life Expectancy (Sri Lanka 1990-2025) 48
Table: Population By Age Group (Sri Lanka 1990-2025) 48
Table: Population By Age Group % (Sri Lanka 1990-2025) 49
Glossary 51
Table: Glossary Of Terms 51
Methodology 53
Industry Forecast Methodology 53
Sources 55
Risk/Reward Index Methodology 55
Table: Risk/Reward Index Indicators 56
Table: Weighting Of Indicators 57

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