Following the President’s visit to the Lankagama-Neluwa village on 29 August, where he stated that he would direct the SLT Group to provide a solution to establish high-speed broadband and voice facilities in the Lankagama village. Sri Lanka Telecom – Mobitel immediately took on the task of digitizing the Lankagama Village with high-speed connectivity solutions.
Following the instructions of the President, Engineers from SLT – Mobitel visited the village on the same day to assess and identify the implementation mechanism for a detachable guyed mast solution.
Situated amidst lush mountains, the Lankagama village is located at the Southern boundary of the Sinharaja Rain Forest, which falls into the Neluwa Divisional Secretariat, Galle District.
Despite the geographic obstacles and transportation difficulties, SLT – Mobitel will promptly implement a detachable guyed mast solution (supplied by a local company) to establish superior connectivity and broadband facilities to the area by 20 September, thereby empowering the village with digital capabilities and bridging the digital divide. The project will be implemented without any negative impact to the environment of the area.
SLT Group Chairman Rohan Fernando commenting on the initiative said: “In line with the Government’s vision of digitizing Sri Lanka, the SLT Group feels privileged to take on the venture of powering rural areas with superior connectivity solutions. As the country’s telecommunications service provider, it is our responsibility to ensure that we not only provide connectivity to all Sri Lankans but also empower them with the right knowledge and knowhow to evolve and move forward towards an info com and knowledge rich society. We would also like to thank the DG of TRCSL for encouraging and setting the right strategies for operators to innovate and bring value to the country. The implementation of this detachable guyed mast solution is another step towards reaffirming our mission of care, share and deliver and we will continue to empower Sri Lankans by providing connectivity solutions and contributing towards Sri Lanka’s digital upliftment and literacy.”
SLT, operates in the fixed ICT business. It provides telecom networks and ICT services to organizations of all sizes across all economic sectors, other telecommunications operators and internet service providers (ISPs), public sector institutions, and domestic customers. SLT has laid out nearly 50,000 kms of optical fibre throughout the island to extend fibre access through FTTH technology.
In 2017, Mobitel’s innovative deployment of the first Sub-1G mobile broadband network in Sri Lanka based on it Sub-1G spectrum significantly improved coverage in rural areas of the country and connecting the rural communities to high speed mobile broadband, enabling the global reach to uplift their day-to-day lives. As the national mobile service provider, Mobitel will continue to deliver better capacity and coverage, especially during the prevailing conditions at this time where networks and connectivity has become a vital human need than ever before.
SLT Group together with its Fixed and Mobile solutions (SLT and Mobitel) is at the forefront of driving the national agenda for economic prosperity by connecting the rural mass to the economic mainstream to transform them to a productive work force.