Lanka Bell goes for Rs. 3b optic cable
New vistas in voice and data solutions:
Rs. 3 billion investment by Lanka Bell to link Sri Lanka to the
world's largest private undersea fibre optic cable system will bring
unrestricted broadband access to the local telecommunications sector.
This will elevate the country's leading CDMA operator to a major
enterprise solutions provider, the company said yesterday.
Announcing that the Sri Lanka link to the 'Falcon' segment of the
FLAG Telecom cable has now gone live, Lanka Bell which owns the cable's
Sri Lanka Landing Station as well as capacity rights, said the country
gaining access to only its second international cable network and a
terabit private undersea cable system would open up a vista of new
opportunities for growth in voice and data solutions and enable the
extension of high speed Internet to remote parts of the island.
"Our initial decision to partner with Reliance Globalcom of the Anil
Dhirubhai Ambani Group to extend the Falcon cable segment from
Trivandrum to Colombo was in no small measure motivated by patriotism,"
Lanka Bell Managing Director Prasad Samarasinghe said.
"Now, with the project completed, we are ready to maximise to the
fullest, the commercial potential that the cable brings to Sri Lanka in
the form of global voice, Internet solutions, managed bandwidth
solutions based on multi protocol Label Switching (MPLs), International
Private Leased Circuits (IPLCs) and value added services," he said.
He said the 1.2 Terabit cable laid at a cost of US $ 27 million would
provide adequate bandwidth capacity for many years, and enable Lanka
Bell and other telecommunications companies to offer a wide range of
business solutions to Sri Lanka's corporate sector.
"We have taken a quantum leap virtually overnight, into a new
paradigm of secure high speed data solutions that will enable Sri Lanka
to become a hub for business process outsourcing and data management,"
Mr. Samarasinghe said, adding that Lanka Bell planned to roll out
several new services in these areas in the weeks and months ahead.
"The opportunities are literally limitless," he said. "For Lanka
Bell, the arrival of the cable means that the company has evolved into a
total solutions group that can serve the information and data management
needs of enterprise clients not just in Sri Lanka but in any part of the
world that is linked by the cable."
Senior Manager, International Services Dimantha Fernando said: "Lanka
Bell would be connected to the 65,000 km long FLAG global network across
all five continents. This undersea cable would enable us to offer direct
global connectivity and a complete end to end solution with guaranteed
The core benefit of this project would be high speed, high bandwidth
and International connectivity at an affordable price. Enhancement of
services would significantly improve investment recovery since it is
"The Falcon segment of the FLAG cable links the Middle East, a part
of Africa, India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives to the global FLAG network,
which comprises of 66 landing stations in more than 50 countries, the
highest number of PoP (Points of Presence) on a global submarine fibre
optic cable network.
The cable enables clear international connectivity around the globe,
linking key business markets in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and USA.