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Mobile phone users surge

Jul 15, 2010 6:26:27 AM - itnnews.lk

Sri Lanka’s mobile phone subscribers grew 30 percent to 15.0 million in the first quarter of 2010, while fixed wireless users grew 4.7 percent and wireline users were flat.

Official data indicates that fixed wireless subscribers grew to 2.58 million users in the first quarter from 2.47 users a year earlier. Telecom data released by the Cental Bank showed that wireline subscribers fell 555 to 875,509.

However, wireline users increased from a December quarter low of 871,248 ending a contraction in the category. Wireline is sold only by Sri Lanka Telecom. In Sri Lanka wireless access is sold mainly using CDMA technology by Sri Lanka Telecom, Lanka Bell, Suntel and a fixed access unit of the cellc Dialog Axiata.