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MAP > the Telecommunications Market in Sri Lanka

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In the year 2018, the government’s Board of Investment of the Sri-Lanka formally approved significant investment for the network expansion as well as the upgrade work on the 4G mobile as well as the fixed broadband services. The fixed broadband penetration in this country has remained so low as for result of the dominance of mobile platform, and limited as well as a declining number of the fixed lines has been restricting the widespread development of the fixed broadband.

Well, however, the market has gone and grown stronger over the last 5 years from the very small base. In the next five years to the year 2023, huge development has been expected to progress.

This country’s mobile market has enjoyed some strong growth over the past six years. The slow development has been predicted over the coming five years to the year 2023. The market is going to be constrained from the higher growth due to the very robust local competition and the highly saturated mobile market. Market has now been moving from the 4G towards the 5G mobile services.

The Dialog Axiata has gone on and carried out the 5G network capability trials with the technology partners, mainly Ericsson and the Huawei in the Colombo. Demonstration that is included in the wide range of the 5G solutions that includes the Massive MIMO, the cloud Radio, and the IoT based smart parking as well as the 4K video streaming that is real-time. The Dialog Axiata has gone ahead and claimed that the South Asia’s debut launch of the NB-IoT network supporting enabled, the IoT solutions such as the Connected Home and the Car Connect. Mobitel has gone ahead and completed further round of the Proof of concept tests of the LTE Advanced Pro, technology in the Colombo.

Sri-Lanka has enjoyed a strong increase in the mobile broadband penetration for the last six years, being driven by the rising level of the 4G mobile subscribers. But, the mobile broadband market has been on the early stage of growth with the penetration being below that of most of the developed countries in the Asian region. Huge growth has been predicted over the coming five years to the year 2023.

Some of the key developments in this report include:
• The Dialog Axiata has claimed that the South Asia debut launch of the NB-IoT enabled network.
• The market has now moved from the 4G toward the 5G mobile services.
• Sri-Lanka has enjoyed a strong increase in the mobile broadband penetration for the last five years.

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