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Sri Lanka, an island nation located in the Indian Ocean just south of India, has lately experienced an explosion in the use and availability of broadband services. The increase is primarily due to the high rate of adoption of third generation (3G) mobile technologies such as HSPA and HSPA+ dongles and associated SIM cards.
Figure 8 Sri Lanka's network readiness, 2009 (Source: The Global Information Technology Report 2009-2010) Sri Lanka has made extensive progress in introducing a competitive broadband market with a wide array of options and prices. Despite this advance, usage remains less than expected.
On one hand, Sri Lanka’s fixed broadband penetration leaves much to be desired, with only a small portion households being served by fixed copper broadband, and an even smaller portion of the served households adopting ADSL. Whether fixed wireless (especially newly emerging 16.
Sri Lanka has some ways to go to before it can be declared a broadband success story. It should be further ahead of the broadband adoption curve than it is today, given the favorable conditions it faced – a highly literate populace and a national level e-development program.
Table of Contents
1. Building Broadband
2. Policy Approaches
3. Law & Regulation
4. Universal Access
5. Infrastructure Technologies
6. Driving Demand
7. Global Footprints
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