Committee to study high speed broadband services:
Mobiles top 13.5m
There has been a substantial growth in the mobile phone industry with
majority of the population using mobile phones to conduct day-to-day
activities. The industry standards are on par with the developed world
and the country has updated technologies and standards in today’s
context, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Sri Lanka Director
General Priyantha Kariyapperuma told Daily News Business.
mobile phone. Picture by Saliya Rupasinghe
The mobile subscriber base increased from 11 million to 13.5 million
for the last six months and growth momentum is continuing.
The mobile broad band - facility to access the internet through the
mobile phone has become a popular choice among people, specially the
younger generation. It is the future of the industry, he said.
A total of 565,652 mobile phones were imported to the country for the
last eleven months including 564,519 new mobile phones. The CIF value
for the mobile phones imported was Rs 2.4 billion. The highest price of
the phone imported was over Rs 71,000. During 2008 a total of 998,818
mobile phones were imported. The decrease may be due to smuggling of
mobile phones in to the country or saturation of users, he said.
The countries that mobile phones are imported include India, China,
Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Pakistan, France, UK,
Finland, Hungary, Denmark, Thailand, Germany, Philippines, Japan,
Australia, Austria, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Steps have been taken to curtail smuggling by using IEME numbers and
introducing devices to combat this menace, he said.
Meanwhile a statement issued by Telecommunication Regulatory
Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) said the Government has set up a special
committee with representation of three strategically important
institutes - the Presidential Secretariat, TRCSL and ICTA with the
intention of providing affordable high speed broadband internet services
to all citizens of the country.
These institutions will work jointly to streamline and develop data
communication services under this initiative.
The national broadband consultative committee will focus mainly on
high speed internet services which is regarded as the catalyst in
A national policy for high speed broadband internet will be
introduced to the country’s data communication sector shortly to convert
Sri Lanka in to a supplier of digital goods and services to the global
market, the statement said.