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New Market Research Report: Sri Lanka Telecommunications Report Q1 2014

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2013-12-13 14:37:58 - Recently published research from Business Monitor International, "Sri Lanka Telecommunications Report Q1 2014", is now available at Fast Market Research

Sri Lanka's telecoms market is mature when compared with its regional peers: penetration rates are high, 3G licences were first available in 2007 and, by mid-2013 two Sri Lankan operators had launched 4G LTE services with more launches expected in the near future. Sri Lanka is also seeking to improve speeds in the wireline market, with a national broadband network strategy taking shape as the government aims to facilitate internet access. While Sri Lanka is relatively well developed, its progress has not always been smooth, as the civil war previously prevented 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.

Key Data

* The telecoms regulator reported a sharp drop in mobile subscriptions in Q113 as it adopted a new definition of active subscriptions. However growth in Q213 indicates that the trend of underlying subscription growth is continuing.
* Operator ARPU has been increasing in Sri Lanka, but we believe ARPU will begin to decline from 2014 as price competition in a saturated market will outweigh the positive contribution from migration of users to data services. The fixed and mobile broadband markets have continued to expand, with the latest data showing fixed internet subscriptions increased 15% to 438,000 in Q213, while mobile internet subscriptions increased 35.7% y-o-y to 1.038mn.

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Key Trends And Developments

The LTE market in Sri Lanka is developing rapidly. Dialog Axiata was the first operator to launch commercial LTE services for mobile in April 2013 in the capital Colombo, followed by the June 2013 launch by Mobitel, the mobile subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom, in seven cities within Sri Lanka. Etisalat is expected to launch services in the near future, while in September 2013 it was reported that Lanka Bell, a fixed-wireless telephony and broadband operator that is a subsidiary of Sri Lankan Distilleries Corporation Group, was preparing to deploy 4G LTE services after March 2014 to keep up with its domestic competition. BMI believes that a competitive LTE market will benefit consumers and help drive growth in the mobile and broadband markets.

There is limited penetration of fixed broadband services in Sri Lanka, leaving operators vulnerable to competition from high capacity wireless broadband such as LTE. However operators are investing in higher capacity services, which should help to insulate them somewhat from LTE competition, particularly among high usage groups. Sri Lanka Telecom is investing in a fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) network, and initial demand has been strong. It rolled out 57,000 FTTC lines by June 2013, with 20,000 subscriptions taken, supporting BMI's view that fixed broadband providers can still capture growth at the high-end of the market.

Partial Table of Contents:

BMI Industry View
- Mobile
- Wireline
- Political
- Economic
- Business Environment
Industry Forecast
- Mobile
- Table: Mobile - Historical Data And Forecasts
- Table: Mobile ARPU - Historical Data And Forecasts (LKR)
- Fixed Line
- Table: Fixed Line - Historical Data And Forecasts
- Broadband
- Table: Broadband - Historical Data And Forecasts
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
- Asia Risk Reward Ratings
- Table: Asia Pacific Telecoms Risk/Reward Ratings - Q114
Market Overview
- Mobile
- Regional Perspective
- Table: Sri Lanka Mobile Market Regional Comparison, 2012
- Key Developments
- Market Growth
- Market Shares
- Table: Sri Lanka Mobile Market Net Additions ('000)
- Usage
- Networks
- 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
- Asia Pacific 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
- Broadband
Industry Trends And Developments
- Table: Market Developments
Regulatory Development
- Regulatory Overview
- Table: Sri Lanka: Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities
- Table: Licences Granted
- Pay-TV Legislation
- Regulatory Developments
Competitive Landscape
- Table: Sri Lanka Telecoms Sector Key Players
Company Profile
- Sri Lanka Telecom
- Hutchison Lanka
- Dialog Axiata
Regional Overview
- The Phenomenal Rise of Alibaba
- Favourable Macro Conditions
- Supportive Industry Trends
- Alibaba Has Sustainable Competitive Advantage
Demographic Forecast
- 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
- Table: Glossary Of Terms

Full Table of Contents is available at:

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