Telecommunication in Sri Lanka

Compared 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 26.89 million connections in 2019. Among them were 24.43 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.1 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 7% 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 connections

With an average download speed of 25.34 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Sri Lanka ranked 112nd in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 10.88 Mbit/second was significantly lower (129th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Sri Lanka comes 122nd with a download speed of 15.26 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 8 Mbit was enough for 125th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 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 2019Sri Lanka
Total
Sri Lanka
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users1.53 m7.02 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines2.47 m11.31 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars24.43 m112.03 %547.36 m122.31 %