Sri Lanka mobile users drop in 2Q; wireline, broadband up

Economynext – Sri Lanka’s mobile users dropped absolutely by 382,000 in the June 2014 from March, ending a 20 years of exponential growth ushered by privatization, while fixed wireline continued to inch up, driven by broadband, official data showed.

Mobile users dropped to 21.01 million in June 2014 down from 21.39 million in March, but were still up from 19.53 million a year earlier, in country with a total population of 20 million people.

Fixed access users were flat at 2.69 million with wireless users dropping by 14,431 from March to June 2014.

But wireline users grew by 14,321 to 1.09 million during the quarter. Wireline users were up by 68,854 from a year earlier, data released by the Central Bank showed.

Wirelines are sold by Sri Lanka Telecom, and is driven by broadband.

Data from the telecom regulator showed that there were 503,899 wireline broadband users in June, though comparable data for earlier periods were not available.

A category called internet and email mobile broadband rose to 2.23 million in June 2014 from 1.77 million in March.


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