In its recent report, Measuring the Information Society, the ITU provide a brief summary of key ICT services and their developments over the past year.
One of the key highlights is the price of broadband that was calculated using the ITU basket methodology. The range is from USD 5 to an astounding USD 1700, with Sri Lanka being among the cheapest. The report also refers the comparatively low mobile prices.
Home to a highly proactive regulatory authority and a competitive mobile market with five operators competing for some 21 million potential customers, the country ranks 14th globally. It has some of the lowest mobile-cellular prices in the world, in USD terms as well as in relative terms (as a percentage of GNI per capita), and further cut mobile-cellular prices by over 40 per cent between 2010 and 2011, mainly through a reduction in on-net call prices.