Sri Lanka: Regulator promises higher download speeds

Posted on December 12, 2010  /  5 Comments

For a long time, we were the voice in the wilderness. But now the regulator is on the job. If the promised results materialize, we can move on to something else:

“Three months ago, most operators were provided services 70% less than the speed rate advertised in the package”, TRC Director General Anusha Palpita said. The speed-up move came after the TRC carried out an evaluation of the quality of service including speeds of fixed broadband services – ADSL and WiMAX.

Mr. Palpita said the study showed that the speeds of majority of broadband services fell short of the rate advertised and hovered within a range of 10 to 25 percent during busy hours.

The Sunday Times story says performance improved to 50% in past three months. Sorry, our tests did not catch that much of an improvement.


  1. SLT ADSL become very slow… im using 512Kbps unlimited one now download speed is less than 100Kbps

  2. Wireline needs a huge boost. Perhaps our telecom backbone needs to be beefed up? And of course our international bandwidth needs to be boosted as well :) advances in wireless and wifi would mean nothing without a high bandwidth backbone network and a larger international bandwidth!

  3. ” Recent download speed tests conducted on fixed broadband services by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) and subsequent corrective measures adopted by TRCSL have led to broadband operators improving their download speeds by over 60% and in turn ensuring a much faster service to broadband users during peak hours.”

    Does Lirneasia’s testing corroborate this?

    From TRCSL Releases Broadband Download Speed Test Results,


  4. @Sanjana

    TRC is reporting only fixed broadband results; that means they are reporting ADSL and WiMAX. We report ADSL and 3G based on dongles. Direct comparison not possible for this reason and also because of different test periods. Our method is public information and has been publicly discussed with operators and stakeholders since 2008. We are waiting for the TRC method to be made public.

    Please see debate in the normal pseudonymous style on this post.