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Telecommunication in Sri Lanka

Compared to the United States, Sri Lanka is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +94, there were a total of 33.63 million connections in 2021. Among them were 30.76 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.4 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 9,552 webhosts, Sri Lanka is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 8,422 of these, or about 88 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 20.03 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Sri Lanka ranks 130th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 4.8 Mbit/second was significantly lower (157th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Sri Lanka comes 120th with a download speed of 14.71 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 6 Mbit was only enough for 135th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in December 2022 from 178 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 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the internet in Sri Lanka from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Sri Lanka 2001 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerSri Lanka is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 35 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 12 percent have their own fast internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

The increasing prevalence of cell phones and the simultaneous decline in the number of fixed-network phones also indicate a change here. While the number of fixed-network phones has declined over the past few years, the number of cell phones has increased noticeably at the same time. Most recently, there were 139 cell phone contracts per 100 people. This trend can be observed worldwide, but is not yet as pronounced in Wakanda as in some other countries.

Distribution in 2021Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Broadband users2.59 m11.67 %127.03 m38.27 %
Landlines2.87 m12.95 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars30.76 m138.85 %361.62 m108.96 %

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