Sri Lanka is an island country situated in southeast Asia, southwest of the Bay of Bengal and southeast of the Arabian Sea. The country is separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Manna and the Palk Strait. Sri Lanka’s economy is based upon the production of tea, coffee, rubber and sugar but this has also been augmented to food processing, textiles, telecommunications and finance as the economy becomes increasingly diversified. Tourism is also an important part of the economy. Sri Lanka is a developing nation, but has made great strides forward in terms of telecoms infrastructure. The mobile segment in particular has seen considerable growth. Mobile penetration hit 126 percent in 2017 and mobile broadband subscriptions are also rising. However, the broadband market in Sri Lanka is still nascent and there is a long way to go in terms of connecting the 21 million strong population.
In 2017, there were 6 million active Internet users. Internet connectivity is improving steadily but is still not widespread and access is very patchy. However, there can be no doubt of the impact that broadband and the Internet is already having on Sri Lankans with lifestyles being transformed through mobile devices, used mainly for entertainment purposes.
Untapped Potential in Rural Areas
The Internet has huge potential in rural Sri Lanka where it could play a critical role in rural development. According to the Department of Census and Statistics, in 2012, 18.8 percent of the population belonged to rural communities. This means that there is a vast portion of the population that currently has no access to the Internet or to a broadband connection. With rural areas lagging far behind urban areas, the majority of Sri Lankans have no access to education, health services, government information and the like which could result in rural empowerment and employment. 4G is expected to be a driver for mobile Internet in urban areas, but it is vitally important that the rural areas are not neglected as these are the places that could benefit most from a simple Internet connection.
BusinessCom Networks are experts in the deployment of rural satellite broadband solutions that have the power to transform communities and boost socio-economic development. We work with ISPs to help them to reach the untapped markets that are so in need of ICT by finding the very best solution available at the most affordable price. We offer solutions on C- and Ku-band platforms and and a combination of shared and dedicated bandwidth. Our team will agree the optimum solution for your business opportunity.
For Mobile Network Operators that want to capitalise on the opportunity that mobile broadband holds in rural areas, BusinessCom also offer rural mobile network solutions that can enable them to deliver voice and data services to outlying towns and villages. We offer a turn key, fully managed solution that delivers a highly affordable service to users that have little disposable income but would gain immeasurable by making calls and being able to access the Internet.
BusinessCom Networks can help a plethora of users across Sri Lanka to improve their businesses, their communities, their contact with governmental services and their overall socio-economic standing.
Key differentiators of BusinessCom VSAT services in Sri Lanka are:
- Broadband Internet access
- Toll quality VoIP and Videoconferencing with CIR
- Reliable SLA through FDMA and D-TDMA
- Star, Mesh and hybrid Star/Mesh topology networks
- Full support of accelerated VPN, CITRIX, ERM and other business applications
- Highly secure operation with optional AES embedded encryption
- Global C-Band coverage and sub-Sahara Ku-Band
- Landing at top tier redundant IP facilities in Western Europe and United States
- Sentinel-based QoS, bandwidth management and optimization platform