12/10/2009

Fibre optic backbone for Sri Lanka's broadband services


(December 09, Colombo - Lanka Polity) Sri Lanka has begun an initiative to roll out a fibre optic backbone for broadband services, which will help improve access outside of Colombo and reduce costs significantly, says the Information Technology and Communication Agency (ICTA).

Rollout is expected to begin in the second quarter of next year and will take 9-12 months, said Reshan Devapura, chief operating officer ICTA. .

Internet subscribers are estimated at 1 for every 100 people (in 2007), up from 0.2 in 2000, says a recent World Bank report. 

Sri Lanka is to compile a government policy for the internet broadband sector, says  Sri Lanka’s Telecom Regulatory Commission (TRC).


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