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- Computing Industry
- Technology Statistics
Computer and internet usage across Sri Lanka is fairly low compared to Asia as a whole. In 2011 the estimated level of personal computer ownership amongst the population of Sri Lanka was just 5% (ICRA Lanka, 2011). Internet usage statistics reflect this. The 2012-2013 World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report recorded the percentage of the population using the internet at just 15%, giving Sri Lanka a rating of 107 out of 144 countries included in the report. Broadband internet subscriptions are equally low, with just 1.7% of the country using broadband internet, and 2.3% using mobile broadband (WEF, 2013). Computer and office supplies make up a small percentage of Sri Lanka’s international trade, in 2010 imports of office related machinery and supplies amounted to just 1.01% of Sri Lanka’s total imports (Observatory of Economic Complexity, 2010).
Domestic computing and office supply companies located in Sri Lanka are widely available. ABC computers is a well known example, offering IT solutions, consultancy and sales of a wide range of ICT related products including hardware, software and peripherals. Another local player in the ICT market in Sri Lanka is NSK Group, a specialised ICT companies offering sales of new and used computers, computer repairs, and training courses. Most office supply companies are domestic firms; examples include Officeworks and Richard Quality Stationary, both suppliers of stationery and ICT related products. Companies distributing computers and office supplies are mainly based in Colombo.
Many multinational hardware and software companies have corporate head offices located in Sri Lanka. IBM and Microsoft both have offices located in Colombo, offering many of the same products and services in Sri Lanka as in Europe and the US. While Apple does not have a company base in Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan company Futureworld Lanka (Pvt) specialises in the resale of Apple products for the computing market in the country.
The Sri Lankan Government has been involved in projects to bring computer access to more people across Sri Lanka, and the creation of ‘rural wisdom’ centres across many locations in Sri Lanka is one such project. These centres, known as NANASELA, were built to provide ICT services to rural communities across Sri Lanka. The government plan is to create 1,000 of these centres; in 2013, 699 centres had so far been established. The government has also been responsible for introducing computer centres into one third of all government schools in the country.
The computing industry in Sri Lanka is still developing. The World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013 rated Sri Lanka as 62 out of 144 countries for the availability of the latest technologies, giving the country a total score of 5.1 out of 7, with 7 being the most advanced. Firm level technology absorption has a slightly more impressive score of 42 out of 144 and 5.1 out of 7, with government procurement of advanced technological products having a far more notable score of 7 and 4.6. Sri Lanka’s results for the Global Competitiveness Report are comparatively lower than many surrounding countries (WEF, 2013).