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Sri Lanka: Communications

Communications Sri Lanka
Telephones - main lines in use:
494,509 (1998)
Telephones - mobile cellular:
228,604 (1999)
Telephone system:
general assessment: very inadequate domestic service, particularly in rural areas; likely improvement with privatization of national telephone company and encouragement to private investment; good international service (1999)
domestic: national trunk network consists mostly of digital microwave radio relay; fiber-optic links now in use in Colombo area and two fixed wireless local loops have been installed; competition is strong in mobile cellular systems; telephone density remains low at 2.6 main lines per 100 persons (1999)
international: submarine cables to Indonesia and Djibouti; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Indian Ocean) (1999)
Radio broadcast stations:
AM 26, FM 45, shortwave 1 (1998)
Radios:
3.85 million (1997)
Television broadcast stations:
21 (1997)
Televisions:
1.53 million (1997)
Internet country code:
.lk
Internet Service Providers (ISPs):
5 (2000)
Internet users:
121,500 (2001)

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Source: The CIA World Fact Book 2003

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