SLT to play major role in ICT
This moment marks a milestone step to take forward science and
technology in this country. The President having had realized the
importance of ICT literacy among our people, declared the year 2009 as
the year for English and ICT to get the optimum benefit of knowledge
based economy for our people.
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has recognized its very important role in
this process. The ability to literacy in ICT in Sri Lanka which was at
eight percent is now improving and has reached up to 27 percent which is
an advantage. We have a big gap between language literacy rate which is
97 percent and ICT literacy rate. We have to bridge this gap soon by
increasing usage of computer and internet connectivity," Professor Tissa
An agreement was signed between the Sri Lanka Telecom and the Science
and Technology Ministry on Wednesday at the Ministry office to provide
communication facilities free of charge to the Ministry and other
institutions working under its purview and the islandwide Vidatha
Thus SLT would provide Broadband internet and total voice
communication facilities using wired and wireless technologies.
The SLT Broadband internet services are provided through high
capacity dedicated Internet Leased Line (ILL) and ADSL technology,
providing connectivity to SLTnet which is the largest ISP in the
This connectivity would provide internet facility to all the
locations under the Ministry with a super fast access to online web
applications such as web search, web mail, calendar, images, VOIP
calling applications, audio, video and maps.
The Minister said that the connectivity rates are exorbitant in this
country when compared with the rest of the world and said the Telecom
and the Telecom Regulation Authority are setting up a framework to
provide fair and cheaper connectivity rates in our country and hopefully
this initiative would be able to provide these services at cheaper
We are mainly focusing in promoting the SME sector through promotion
of already functioning 241 Vidatha Resource Centres, he said.