Google’s web balloons get their first stop, from Sri Lanka

Sri LankaTimes of India — COLOMBO: Free Wi-Fi connections will be available across Sri Lanka by March 2016 under an agreement the government signed on Tuesday with multinational technology company Google, a media report said. The service will be provided with the aid of Google balloon, a technology which provides internet to large areas using high-altitude balloons, Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror reported.

Sri Lanka Telecom deploys Ruckus Smart WiFi nationwide with Alepo

Sri LankaMSI-ASIA — Sri Lanka’s national ICT solutions provider, Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), has deployed Ruckus Smart WiFi products and technology across the Indian island nation with the help of Ruckus’ channel partner Alepo. According to Ruckus, SLT is combining its Ruckus ZoneFlex indoor and outdoor access points (APs), centrally managed with the Ruckus SmartCell Gateway (SCG), with Alepo BSS/OSS software infrastructure to help create a seamless, high-performance Ruckus Smart WiFi network.

SLT strengthens multiple global connectivity options

Sri LankaColombo Page — June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s leading ICT solutions provider and National Backbone operator, Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) is aggressively pursuing new markets in the region. Building international connectivity is a key aspect of this strategy. SLT’s global coverage was significantly strengthened via multiple undersea optical fibre cable systems: SEA-ME-WE 3, SEA-ME-WE 4, Bharat-Lanka (between India and Sri Lanka) and Dhiraagu (between Maldives and Sri Lanka).

SLT enhances global connectivity options

Sri LankaSri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has announced that, following its recent upgrade to the SEA-ME-WE 4, capacity increased 3-fold, enabling the system to accommodate speeds using 100G technology. The SEA-ME-WE 4 cable network is owned by a consortium of 17 leading telecom carriers from 15 countries. Currently, SLT says it is in the process of implementing global connectivity project, the SEA-ME-WE 5 international undersea cable system with a total design capacity of 24 Tbps and 100G technology.–1088459

Google’s Android One for Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka

NEW YORK, Dec 23 — Google’s affordable smartphone initiative is expanding to three more countries. The idea behind Android One is to get the world’s remaining smartphone-less five billion inhabitants connected to the mobile web via a handset that is cheap yet good quality, promises the features that everyone expects from a handset and which will carry on being supported with software updates for some time to come. The first Android One handsets launched in India in September and now they’re officially coming to neighboring Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, too.

Sri Lanka government to focus on integrating systems, one-stop shops, says ICT Chief

The Sri Lankan government will focus on integrating government services and providing mobility to government officials for the next three years, the Chief Executive of its ICT Agency has told FutureGov. The government plans to integrate all public sector systems and applications and create one-stop service centres for citizens, said Reshan Dewapura. In bringing these systems together, the government will benefit from common standards, he explained. “It will give efficiencies and enhancements in government and we’ll also be able to pass a lot of those on to citizens.”

Qatar to benefit from two major Internet projects

Two huge Internet cable projects, one submarine and one terrestrial, have been recently kicked off and will increase broadband Internet for the Gulf region – and with it Qatar – significantly. The first project is the new Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) cable that will connect Asia, Africa and Europe and run over 20,000km from Marseille in France and Palermo in Italy to Singapore. Countries connected on the way are Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, the UAE, Oman, Djibouti, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

NEC wins SEA-ME-WE 5 contract to strengthen ultra-broadband undersea connectivity

NEC Corporation has signed a contract with the South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) consortium, comprising of 15 leading telecom operators to deploy a new 100 gigabit per second (Gbit/s) undersea cable system. The SEA-ME-WE 5 system will span 20,000 km from Singapore to Europe, and will deliver ultra-broadband capacity and faster access to consumers and businesses. The system will span 20,000 km connecting Singapore to France via Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Djibuti, Yemen, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Italy.