According to sources at Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the flagship national ICT solutions provider and the national backbone network operator, Sri Lanka is marching towards achieving the country’s ICT objectives, to accelerate economic development targeting the global model which projects that a 10% increase in Broadband penetration will lead to a 1.38% increase in GDP.
Since 2007, SLT has invested over Rs. 57 billion (US $ 485 million) to improve the country’s telecommunication infrastructure, the sources said.
Group CEO, SLT, Lalith de Silva said, “In line with the Government roadmap, we have invested heavily in setting up the National Backbone Network (NBN) to enable all operators to benefit through economies of scale. We believe in sharing communication and ICT infrastructure to achieve the development goals of the country.”“The very tenets of our corporate strategy are underpinned by the vision of a SMART Sri Lanka and a Digital Economy that is being driven by the State,” he said
.“From inception, we have been sharing our infrastructure such as global connectivity, national backbone, towers, data centre, cloud services, coverage and building spaces and ICT infrastructure under the wholesale business unit for other operators and service providers and ISPs while ensuring that the highest standards are met in terms of quality and reliability,” the CEO said.
“We are proud that leading public institutions and private sector businesses that include large enterprises, SMEs and micro businesses around the country are using our shared ICT resources to maximise their potential,” de Silva said.
“SLT has placed emphasis on ICT infrastructure to ensure economic empowerment through the National Backbone Network and connected ‘Lanka Government Network’ with the integration of all e-Applications,” he said.
“We provide any type of ICT backbone solution or broadband services to any of the operators in the telecommunication industry and other organisations around the country,” the CEO said.