NGN will reduce disparity in society - Dr Hans Wijesuriya
Sri Lanka no longer isolated in global citizenship:
CEO Dialogue Telecom Dr Hans Wijesuriya addresses the World
Telecommunication Forum at the Hilton Colombo. From left:
Senior Manager Programs CTO Lasantha De Alwis, Head of
Workshops and Promotion ITU Paolo Rosa, Minister of Science
and Technology Tissa Vitharana, Director General TRCSL
Priyantha Kariyapperuma, Director, Telecommunication
Standardization Bureau Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Minister of
Posts and Telecommunication, S. Sellasamy and Senior Manager
Programs, G.A. Belingue. Pic. by Saliya Rupasinghe
Dr. Hans Wijesuriya
The future society will be driven by information and knowledge; it
will be greener and sustainable. Therefore, we are no longer isolated in
global citizenship, said Group CEO, Dialog Telecom Dr. Hans Wijesuriya.
He was delivering the keynote address at the “World Telecommunication
Forum” at the Hilton Colombo yesterday.
The ITC investment which contributes to the concept of Next
Generation Network (NGN) is human centric and it increases
affordability, in having board meetings or video conferencing with the
members around the world reducing the cost. It will also provide more
services to more people, increasing the availability and enhancing
connectivity which will reduce disparity in the society too, he said.
Director General TRCSL Priyantha Kariyapperuma said that the
fundamental idea of NGN is to carry all types of services such as voice,
data and other integrated communication services from different
locations, using a range of devices such as fixed line phones, mobile
phones and computers.
He said that enabling a digital society is the key priority of the
Government and the local telecommunication industry, with the benefits
of the Next Generation Network in social and economic terms being
already well established in the country.
Its implementation in the local communication industry has heralded a
shift from one net-work, one service approach to the delivery of many
services over a single network, based on Internet protocol.
Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, International
Telecommunications Union Malcolm Johnson said that NGN is a
telecommunication revolution that will soon bring seamless connectivity
and high speed multi-media services over any network, and any device
For developing countries, NGN has the potential to accelerate the
deployment of telecommunication networks and services offering the
opportunity to jump several generations of technology.
Secretary General, International Telecommunication Union Dr Hamadoun
I Toure said that Sri Lanka is one of the first countries in the Asian
Region to offer 3G, 3.5G services as well as the High Speed Packet
Access technology which has enabled local subscribers to have access to
not only voice communications, but also to a wide range of world-class
features such as video conferencing, video streaming, mobile TV, music
streaming and high speed internet.