Dialog Telekom to invest $ 10 m on Northern towers
Dr. Hans Wijesuriya
Dialog Telekom will invest USD 5-10 million this year to construct 60
new towers in identified areas in the liberated regions in the Northern
Province, said CEO Dialog Telekom Dr Hans Wijesuriya.
He was speaking at a press conference at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel
after commissioning its services from Dialog’s Network Operation Centre
in Colombo to Mankulam, Pooneryn, Elephant Pass, Thunukkai and Madhu
areas in addition to Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu with developments under
way to expand coverage to other parts of the province.
Mobile coverage from Dialog now reaches these areas without any
problem, he said. Dialog will continue to provide a clarity service for
their customers and expand without looking at the customer base, he
Director General, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, Priyantha
Kariyapperuma said that two towers will be constructed in Jaffna and
Kilinochchi and the Kokavil Tower destroyed by the LTTE will be
reconstructed within 120 days. The 172-metre heigh Kokavil tower will be
the tallest tower in the country.
The foundation stone will be laid by Minister Anura Priyadarshana
Yapa on August 19, he said.
All other mobile service operators will also be allowed to share the
infrastructure to broadcast and telecast their programs using these
The 120-metre Kilin-ochchi tower will be completed with Sri Lanka
Telekom (SLT) and the areas will be identified shortly to have one or
two towers in each area.
He said that all three companies extended their fullest support to
Chief Signals Officer of the Sri Lanka Army, Brigadier Prasad
Samarasinghe said that the newly liberated area is getting mobile
coverage for the first time and communication will be the most important
once resettlement is completed. The Sri Lanka Army will continue to give
its fullest support.