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Information and Communication Technologies Sector Review

Definition and scale of sector

  • Hardware manufacture,
  • Hardware consultancy,
  • Software,
  • Database management,
  • Associated components,
  • Associated wholesale,
  • Telecommunications

Why the sector was chosen in the West Midlands

  • Significant national growth and historic regional growth.
  • Significant presence in software especially in southern part of regional round Coventry, Solihull, Warwick.
  • Recent successes in hardware but from a low base.
  • Significant mobile investment opportunities.
  • Incubation opportunities associated with region's universities around photonics and nano-technology.

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Telecommunication Service Providers

Sri Lanka’s telecommunications industry contributes significantly towards the country’s development and plays an integral part in the lives of many. It is also a key component of the commercial world. Notably, the domestic telecommunications sector has been charting exponential growth, and continues to enjoy promising prospects.
The dynamic nature of the telecommunications sector allows little respite for industry operators. The government’s liberalisation of this industry can be seen as the main driving force behind the rapid development of the country’s telecommunication infrastructure and services.

Source: RAM Ratings

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 Survey on ICT Usage in the Government Sector - March 2008

Several institutions and individuals contributed in numerous ways in successfully conducting this research study. We would like to extend our thanks to all of them for their valuable contributions. We gratefully acknowledge Mr. Reshan Dewapura - Chief Operating Officer/Programme Director and the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) for awarding this study to M G Consultants and for the confidence placed in us.

Source: MG Consultants (Pvt) Ltd.

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Telecommunications Sector and Regulatory Performance in Sri Lanka: A Tale of Missed Opportunities - May 2007

Telecommunications sector reforms in Sri Lanka began in 1980 with the de-linking of government owned posts and telecommunications services. From then on, the sector experienced fundamental changes with the restructuring and partial privatization of the state-owned incumbent operator; permitting market entry in the mobile telephony market; competition in the fixed wireless local loop (WLL) segment of the fixed market; and the establishment of a five-member regulatory commission with its own fund and with relatively more workable independence than a typical government department in Sri Lanka. These policy initiatives, at least up to the late 1990s, reflected a commitment on the part of policy makers to pro-competitive reforms, with Sri Lanka's telecommunications sector being seen as one of the more open among developing countries in the Asia Pacific region, with a huge potential for growth. (Jayasuriya and Knight-John, 2004).

Source: LIRNEasia

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Rising Demand: The increasing demand for IT workers spells a challenging opportunity for the IT industry form SLICTA - April 2007

Two years on from the first IT Workforce Survey, it is interesting to note the changes that have taken place within the IT workforce in Sri Lanka. Did the industry grow as expected? Has the supply caught up with the demand? What is in store for the next couple of years? These are the very questions that will be answered in this survey that was concluded at the end of 2006.

By and large this survey follows the format of the previous one with some changes made to cater better to the information needs of the industry, investors, training institutions and the government.

The overall IT workforce grew by around 20% year-on-year over the last two years. That is a growth of nearly 10,000 IT professionals. The growth of the workforce in IT companies and non-IT companies, nearly matched the predicted figure in the previous survey, however, the Government sector fell behind by 633.

Source: Sri Lanka Information Communication Technology Association (SLICTA)

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A Baseline Sector Analysis of the Business Process Outsourcing Industry of Sri Lanka form LIRNEasia - September 2006

The current potential global Business Process Outsourcing industry (BPO) market of USD 11.5 billion is expected to grow ten‐fold to around USD 120‐150 billion in the near future1. However, Sri Lanka only recently started emerging as a potential destination for outsourced work. The baseline sector analysis of the BPO industry in Sri Lanka was conducted to fill the knowledge gaps regarding this emerging service sector. The study identifies factors that attract BPO‐related investments into Sri Lanka and also potential constraints to such investment growth. Although not designed to be a policy document but a nuts‐and‐bolts study of an emerging industry, the findings are useful to understand the broad requirements of BPO service providers and facilities necessary to create an enabling environment for further growth of the sector.

Source: Learning Initiatives on Reforms for Network Economies (LIRNEasia)

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Sri Lanka telecoms: Services boom continues - July 2006

Sri Lanka's telecommunications sector has continued to grow at a rapid rate. The total number of fixed telephone lines crossed the 1m mark to reach 1.2m in 2005, representing growth of 25.5% on the 2004 figure of 991,239 lines. Following the introduction of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology by the country's two private wireless local loop operators, Lanka Bell and Suntel, the number of such connections rose by 122% to 289,933 in 2005, from 130,771 in 2004. Nevertheless, in terms of market development the cellular-phone market remained the most vibrant field, with the number of subscribers rising by a spectacular 53.5% to 3.4m in 2005. The number of Internet subscribers also grew by a respectable 23.3% to reach 115,072 in 2005, although by international standards Sri Lanka's Internet connectivity is still very low.

Source: Economist Intelligence Unit

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