ECONOMYNEXT – The number of fixed internet connections in Sri Lanka grew rapidly in the first half of 2017, exceeding that of mobile connections, finance ministry data showed.
The telecommunication sector performed well during the first half of 2017 with improved telephone density and rapid growth in internet services, according to the finance ministry’s Fiscal Management Report – 2018.
By end June 2017, fixed telephone penetration (connections per 100 persons) and the mobile telephone penetration stood at 11.7 and 131.3, respectively.
Internet penetration (connections per 100 persons) increased to 25.6 by end June 2017 from 20.0 at end June 2016.
“The growth in internet connections was mainly supported by the high growth of fixed internet connections, which witnessed a growth of 37.5 per cent by end June 2017 compared to end June of the preceding year,” the finance ministry said.
Mobile internet connections grew 27.7 per cent by end June 2017 year-on-year in comparison to a year-on-year growth of 8.5 per cent recorded at the end June 2016.
The number of mobile telephone connections increased while fixed wireline telephone connections also registered a growth of 2.7 per cent during the first half of 2017 compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.
The fixed wireless connections continued to decline with increased mobile telephone connections, contracting by 7.9 per cent during the first half of 2017 compared to the corresponding period in 2016.