2013-08-27 09:39:18 - Fast Market Research recommends "Sri Lanka Telecommunications Report Q4 2013" from Business Monitor International, now available
Sri Lanka's telecoms market is mature when comparing it to its regional peers: penetration rates are high, 3G licences were first available in 2007 and, in late 2012, two Sri Lankan operators launched 4G LTE services. Sri Lanka is also seeking to improve speeds in the wireline market, with a national broadband network strategy taking form as the government aims to facilitate internet access. While Sri Lanka is relatively well developed, its progress has not always been smooth, with the civil war previously preventing the development of telecoms infrastructure in affected areas in the north of the island. Since the end of the civil war, private and public sectors are aggressively investing in the reconstruction and expansion process.
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* The telecoms regulator reported a sharp drop in mobile subscriptions in Q113, with total subscriptions declining by over 1.5mn to 19.336mn. The regulator did not provide an explanation but we believe the loss relates to one-time inactive subscription discounting.
* While we expect operators to look to leverage on consumers' comparatively high purchasing power with services such as LTE, we do not see Dialog Axiata's ARPU being able to overcome the dominance of prepaid subscriptions and competition. We envisage the operator's ARPU to reach LKR344 at end-2017.
* The fixed and mobile broadband markets have continued to expand, with the latest data showing fixed internet subscriptions increased 16.2% to 436,000 in Q113, while mobile internet subscriptions increased 50.3% y-o-y to 1.504.
Key Trends And Developments
The National Broadband Network (NBN) moved another step closer to existence after the telecoms incumbent, Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) outlined plans to extend its high-speed broadband network nationwide within five years, after it won a licence to operate Sri Lanka's NBN in June 2013. SLT plans to cover all 329 divisional secretariats and 24 districts in the country with high-speed broadband connectivity over the NBN by 2018. The government introduced the NBN initiative to develop a digital economy to increase the nation's GDP to US$100bn. Although SLT will operate the network, under the terms of the deal it will allow other operators to transmit data over its fibre backbone, at a wholesale price. This will ensure competition accompanies the extension of infrastructure, benefiting local consumers and businesses.
The Sri Lankan LTE market is becoming more competitive, with two operators launching commercial LTE services in H113. Most recently, in June 2013, Mobitel, the mobile subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom, launched its commercial 4G LTE mobile broadband service in seven cities within Sri Lanka. Devices supporting LTE in the 1,800MHz band may use the 4G network, while Mobitel users with certain broadband packages can enjoy the service at no additional charge. This followed the April 2013 launch of LTE services in the capital Colombo by mobile market leader Dialog Axiata. As more operators launch services and compete for subscriptions, we expect consumers to benefit from lower prices and greater service quality.
Partial Table of Contents:
BMI Industry View
- Business Environment
- Table: Mobile - Historical Data And Forecasts
- Table: Mobile ARPU - Historical Data And Forecasts (LKR)
- Fixed Line
- Table: Fixed Line - Historical Data And Forecasts
- Table: Broadband - Historical Data And Forecasts
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
- Industry Risk/Reward Ratings
- Table: Asia Pacific IT Risk/Reward Ratings - Q4 2013
- Regional Perspective
- Table: Sri Lanka Mobile Market Regional Comparison, 2012
- Key Developments
- Market Growth
- Market Shares
- Table: Sri Lanka Mobile Market Net Additions ('000)
- Mobile Content
- Table: Selected Value-Added Services
- Mobile Operator Data
- Table: Sri Lanka Mobile Market Overview
- Table: Dialog Axiata
- Table: Mobitel
- Table: Etisalat Lanka
- Table: Bharti Airtel Lanka
- Table: Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka
- Mobile Content
- Tablets Are The New TV
- Table: Percentage Of Long-Form Video Views By Device
- Infrastructure Is A Key Enabler
- Fixed Line
- Table: Provincial Distribution Of Fixed-Line Phones, March 2013
Industry Trends And Developments
- Table: Market Developments
- Regulatory Overview
- Table: Sri Lanka: Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities
- Table: Licences Granted
- Pay-TV Legislation
- Competitive Landscape
- Table: Sri Lanka Telecoms Sector Key Players
- Sri Lanka Telecom
- Hutchison Lanka
- Dialog Axiata
- Corporate Overview
- Table: Gemalto Financial KPIs, Q113 vs Q112
- Products Appeal To Maturing Asian Markets
- New Asian Growth Helps Insulate Effects Of Recession In Europe
- Table: Sri Lanka's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
- Table: Sri Lanka's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total)
- Table: Sri Lanka's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020
- Table: Sri Lanka's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020
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