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Special Committee appointed to develop broadband in the country

As promised in ‘Mahinda Chinthanaya’ to provide affordable high speed broadband Internet services to all citizens in the country, and also to make broadband ever-present, an initiative was taken by the Presidential Secretariat recently by appointing a committee to carryout duties to accelerate broadband development in Sri Lanka through a strategic process. The main structure comprises of three organizations including Presidential Secretariat, TRCSL and ICTA. This Committee will be chaired by Secretary to the Precedent and Chairman, TRCSL Lalith Weeratunga.

Director Re-engineering Government Program ICTA Wasantha Deshapriya speaking at the media briefing. Also in the picture are Consultant ICTA Sanath Siriwardena, Assistant Secretary to the President Waruna Sri Dhanapala and Director General of TRCSL Priyantha Kariapperuma.

Broadband is the next generation cost effective Internet access method that people use to access the Internet at faster speeds to accomplish their tasks quickly and easily. Since its introduction, broadband has managed to create many excitements in the world. The social and economic revolution created by broadband would have been the main reason for the creation of these excitements. Broadband is recognized as the novel data communication technology that drives social and economic development in the world effectively over the IT platform.

Wider bandwidth and higher data transfer speeds coexistent in modern broadband technology promise large sum of benefits to economies upon successful integration. Today the high speed Internet based on broadband technology has become the catalyst for economic development all over the world.

The relationship between broadband adoption and the increase in GDP further reflects the significance of broadband. Making this more colourful recently the Finland’s Government has announced the access to the broadband in Finland as a basic human right. Moving further 1Mbps has been selected as the minimum legal requirement in broadband access.

However in Sri Lanka, high speed broadband Internet has not become the dominant player in economic development process as yet. People in the country are not aware about its benefits and very rarely use for daily tasks.

However the other regional countries have taken national level initiatives to increase broadband penetration in their counties by further assuring its remunerations. In this regard national policies were implemented and certain measures have also been taken to attain explosive growth in broadband development.

The National Broadband Consultative Committee will be focusing mainly on high speed Internet services regarded as the catalyst in socio economic development. To convert Sri Lanka in to a supplier of digital goods and services to the global market a national policy for high speed broadband Internet will be introduced to the country’s data communication sector soon.


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