IT News — Telstra has expanded its Asian network backbone through capacity purchases on existing submarine cables and a new fully-owned overland circuit. A Telstra spokesman said the company was not part of the consortium that built the Bay of Bengal Gateway cable, but has secured capacity on the system that connects Singapore, Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka with Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
Bloomberg — Sri Lanka has enjoyed an era of strong economic growth since its bloody, 26-year civil war ended in 2009. To keep it going, the government is trying to make the island nation a technology hub. It’s investing in new undersea Internet cables, putting money behind startups, and working with Microsoft to embrace cloud computing. It’s also been wooing Google and Facebook to host tests for some of their most ambitious experiments, from self-driving cars to drones. First up: the balloons.
Sunday Times — Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the national telephone service provider which started its ‘i-Sri Lanka’ project in 2011,says it has covered every nook and corner of the country in providing telephone and network coverage. The closing ceremony of the project will be officially held tomorrow (28 March) at the Waters Edge in Colombo, as stated at a media briefing held at the SLT headquarters in Colombo on Wednesday.
Telecom Asia — Shareholders in India’s Reliance Communications have approved a proposed acquisition of Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL). The company announced in a stock exchange filing that investors attending a shareholder meeting nearly unanimously voted in favor of the proposed transaction.
Times of India — COLOMBO: A Google balloon, part of the company’s high-speed internet service known as “Project Loon”, crashed in a Sri Lankan tea plantation during its maiden test flight, local police said Thursday. Villages found the deflated balloon with its electronic equipment in the island’s central tea-growing region of Gampola on Wednesday night, an officer told AFP.
Telecom Asia — India’s Bharti Airtel is reportedly in talks with Malaysia-based Axiata Group to merge their respective mobile units in Sri Lanka. Negotiations are underway regarding a potential deal, the Economic Times reported, citing two people familiar with the deal. The potential merger would create the largest mobile operator in Sri Lanka with over 12 million customers.
Data Center News — Sri Lanka Telecom has laid the foundation stone for Sri Lanka’s first Tier 4 ready data center. The new facility, located in the newly proposed Tech city area, will have capacity for 500 racks. The new data center will serve enterprise and government customers, in a move SLT says will save customers ‘large sums of money’ by eliminating the need for them to maintain their own data centers.
Telecom Asia — The Sri Lankan government has arranged to buy a 25% stake in Project Loon, Google’s ambitious plan to deliver the internet from a ring of high-altitude balloons. Sri Lanka’s telecommunications minister Harin Fernando has revealed that tests for the project will take place later in February, the Indian Express reported.
Sunday Times — While Sri Lanka being a developing island with many new innovations and technologies evolving, international big players and multibillionaires such as Facebook and Google are eyeing to enter the country in June this year. Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure, Harin Fernando made this disclosure at the Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) launch of SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable system together with the launch of SLT’s Tier 4 National Data Centre, at the Presidents House in Colombo on Monday.
The Nation — In 2014, SLT proudly announced its partnership with 15 international telecommunication operators representing 17 countries in the formation of a consortium in order to build the South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) state-of-the-art undersea cable system. The SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable system spans approximately 20,000 km whilst offering POP-to-POP (Point of Presence) solutions from Singapore to Europe via France and Italy. The system connects 17 countries and serves as a new platform for the future development in the ICT industry.
Daily News — The proposed India Sri Lanka electricity link could bring tremendous financial benefits to the country, Public Utilities Commission Director General Damitha Kumarasinghe said. Speaking at the 22nd Steering Committee Meeting of South Asia Forum for Infrastructure Regulation (SAFIR) held New Delhi, India recently he said the pre-feasibility studies for Sri Lanka India Electricity (HVDC) transformation link have already been done.
The Island —In 2014 SLT proudly announced its partnership with 15 international telecommunication operators representing 17 countries, in the formation of a consortium in order to build the SEA-ME-WE 5 state-of-the-art undersea cable system. The 1st of February 2016 marked the arrival of this multi-regional superhighway in Sri Lanka by the opening of the – cable-landing station building for the SEA-ME-WE 5 in Matara.
Telecom Asia — Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has launched Akaza, the country’s automated national cloud computing platform that provides cloud computing services for businesses. Akaza’s technology typically integrates all of its cloud services inclusive of IaaS, STaaS, PaaS, DaaS, SaaS and CaaS with the business management platform of corporate enterprises, SLT said in a statement.
Lanka Business Online — Pre-feasibility studies for Sri Lanka India HVDC transformation link have already been done in collaboration with power grid India and CEB, a senior official said. Now India is connected to Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka is the country which is outside this grid at the moment and there are power deficits at various time intervals in both countries.
Dialog Axiata PLC announced the launch of Cumulus, its cloud services portfolio last Wednesday, establishing the nation’s leading business solutions hub focused on delivering agility and innovation, a media release issued by the company said. Designed to meet the business imperatives of speed to market, cost efficiency, agility and innovation, Cumulus brings together the knowledge and strengths of Dialog’s best-in-class communications technology delivering unmatched broadband connectivity options and state-of-the-art cloud infrastructure of global technology partners to provide Sri Lankan businesses with a truly local cloud experience built to global standards, the release explained.
The Nation — Sri Lanka’s upcoming start-up Cobweb IO lead by a group of youth has ventured in to the space of Internet of Things (IOT) with the aim of making the real smart objects social to the millions of smart device users and gained significant recognition at the recently concluded IOT Asia show Singapore, held from September 22 and 23. At the show, companies such as BOSH, Intel, HCL Tech, Equinix and many others took part showcasing their IOT platforms.
Times 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.
MSI-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.
Colombo 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).
Sri 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.
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.
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.”
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 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.