SLT targets Rs. 47 b turnover for 2008
Goes for new IP services, IPTV:
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), one of the major players in the local
telecommunications industry is targeting Rs. 47 billion turnover this
year and is confident of achieving their set turnover targets.
Chief Marketing and Sales Officer SLT Ajantha Seneviratne
Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of SLT Ajantha Seneviratne told
Daily News Business last year they achieved Rs. 42 billion in turnover
and this year the company is targeting Rs. 47 billion.
The voice segment is the main contributor to the total turnover of
the company. "We expect to introduce a range of new IP services in the
near future. We have done pilot testing on these new services and they
have been successfully completed. Virtual phone systems, automated
attended service, home PBX and various other services will be introduced
under this", Seneviratne said.
The company has already recruited new staff for the operations of
these new IP services. The company will also launch IPTV in Sri Lanka
soon for a more interactive television experience. At the moment company
has embarked on a three year transformation project and introducing IP
services is part of this strategy.
"We have heavily invested on our customer care unit before commencing
our IP services. "The company has set up a point of presence in Hong
Kong and planning to expand their global presence. "We have noticed
there is a huge demand for ADSL lines especially in outstations.
Today broadband been used only for Internet connectivity but we want
to promote broadband for video conferencing and other business
purposes", he said.
Though CDMA is popular among consumers still there is a high demand
for fixed lines and SLT expects to focus more on this segment in the
future. Fixed lines are hassle free and high in clarity.
"The company will develop infrastructure for providing faster service
in deploying fixed lines and make it more affordable to subscribers.
"There is a significant growth in small and medium scale enterprises in
developing their IT and telecommunication infrastructure.
"For two to three years time, we observed most medium scale
enterprises developing their own networks networking their branches.
"Some companies are affiliated to foreign companies and
telecommunication is a vital factor for them.
"Our Internet data centre was established targeting large scale
companies. But we find many medium scale enterprises host their servers
at our Internet data centre," he said.
Four new directors for SLT
Global Telecommunications Holdings (GTH) which acquired NTT's stake
in Sri Lanka Telecom has appointed Maxis Communications CEO/Director
Sandip Das, Chang Chee Beng, and Geoffrey Williams Shelley, both of
Maxis, and Jeffrey Jay Blatt, CEO X Ventures, a UsahaTegas company as
directors of SLT.