Sri Lanka’s internet connections up 20-pct in first half of 2018: CBSL

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s internet connections were up 19.7 percent for the first half of 2018 to reach 6.6 million subscribers, compared to the previous year, a report released by the Central Bank said.

Fixed internet connections grew by 25.6 percent and mobile internet by 18.3 percent, the report said.

Mobile phone connections went up 7.5 percent for the first six months of 2018 to hit 30.2 million subscriptions, compared to last year.

Mobile phone penetration (number of connections per 100 people) reached 139.5 percent by end of June 2018, compared to 131.1 percent the previous year.

Total telephone penetration (mobile and fixed) was 151.2 percent at the end of the first six months.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka and the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA), the main government bodies in the sector, have been working on developing the telecommunication landscape in Sri Lanka, the report said.

The ICTA is working on completing several projects in 2018.

The Lanka Government Network version 2.0 project is one.

The project, which will connect all government entities using a single network, was awarded to SLT in 2016. (COLOMBO, 02 November 2018)





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