Telecommunication in Sri LankaCompared to the European Union, Sri Lanka is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +94, there were a total of 33.07 m connections in 2019. Among them were 30.78 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.4 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.
In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Sri Lanka is back. Around 34% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 8% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).
With about 9,552 webhosts, Sri Lanka is below the world's average by population.
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Development of telephone and internet connectionsWith an average download speed of 28.94 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Sri Lanka ranked 107th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 13.19 Mbit/second was significantly lower (120th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 18th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Sri Lanka comes 121st with a download speed of 16.83 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 9 Mbit was enough for 122nd place.
The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Februar 2021 from 175 countries.
The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.
Access to the Internet in Sri Lanka from 1990 - 2019
Broadband internet in Sri Lanka 2001 - 2019
Landlines 1990 - 2019
Mobile phones 1990 - 2019
|Spreading in 2019||Sri Lanka|
|Internet users||7.44 m||34.11 %||382.31 m||85.43 %|
|Broadband users||1.67 m||7.64 %||158.30 m||35.37 %|
|Landlines||2.29 m||10.51 %||165.48 m||36.98 %|
|Mobile cellulars||30.78 m||141.17 %||542.60 m||121.25 %|