Sri Lanka’s mobile telephone penetration (connections per 100 persons) stood at 116.3 by end 2015 while total internet connections grew by 20.5 per cent during 2015, raising internet penetration to 19.5, the Central Bank’s 2015 Annual Report stated. According to the Report, the number of mobile telephone connections increased by 10.2 per cent in 2015 largely supported by the rapid growth of 22.2 per cent in mobile internet connections, while fixed internet connections grew by 12.6 per cent.
On the other hand, fixed telephone penetration stood at 12.4 as fixed wireline telephone connections recorded a meager growth of 0.5 per cent in 2015 and fixed wireless connections continued its declining trend, recording a drop of 7.2 per cent in 2015, causing a decline in total fixed telephone connections by 4.0 per cent during the year
The TRCSL introduced common floor rates for call charges and Short Message Service/Multimedia Messaging Service (SMS/MMS), with effect from February 2016, for new connections, with a view to ensure that small mobile operators remain competitive. Accordingly, per minute charges on the same network were raised by 50 cents and those among networks were reduced by 50 cents, bringing both rates to Rs. 1.50. per minute. Further, per second charges were revised to Rs. 1.80 per minute while SMS/MMS charges were revised to Rs. 0.20, across all networks.
Meanwhile, the Annual Report stated that the ongoing construction of the Colombo Lotus Tower, which is being built under the purview of the TRCSL, is expected to be completed in 2017.The Tower will facilitate 50 digital video broadcasting and 50 FM channels, supporting co-location broadcasting facilities, covering Colombo and its suburbs