To house broadcasting antennaes:
US$ 100 m tower building to be set up in Peliyagoda
Construction work on a tower building to house broadcasting antennaes
will commence next month in Peliyagoda with an investment of US$ 100
“The tower building project initiated by the Telecommunication
Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) will be a national icon and
tourist attraction. The project will be completed within one and a half
years. TRCSL will not give permission to erect separate towers in
future, said TRCSL Director General Priyantha Kariyapperuma.
TRCSL Deputy Director/Spectrum
Management Helsiri Ranatunga, TRCSL Deputy Director/Policy
and International Relations Mohan Jayasekera, TRCSL Deputy
Director/Network W.D. de Alwis and TRCSL Director General
Priyantha Kariyapperuma at the media briefing yesterday.
Picture by Sumanachandra Ariyawansa
Sri Lanka’s telecommunication industry is the most developed industry
in the region and the Telecommunication Act will be amended shortly to
incorporate the changing needs of the industry.
The industry has the right technology to serve the market and to make
Sri Lanka a knowledge economy. The country has the potential to become
the hub in the international telecommunication arena, he said.
“As a regulatory body, we have identified the need to amend the
existing Telecommunication Act which would enable more technological
advancements. This would also facilitate convergence of the media with
the telecommunication sector as both fields are interconnected”, he
The amended Act would allow new technologies to be implemented within
the country without any hindrance and also protect the public from any
misuse or criminal activities in relation to the telecommunications
Several new Acts such as the Electronic Transaction Act and the
Prevention of Computer Crimes Act to underpin the amendments in the Act
have been implemented, he said.
The Government has received credit from the International Development
Association towards the cost of the e-Sri Lanka Development project.
Steps have been taken to ensure accessibility to basic telecommunication
facilities in rural and remote areas. Over 600 Nenasala centres have
been set up islandwide and 3,500 computer laboratories have been
provided in schools.
A project will be launched to provide laptops for school children in
the near future. Research studies in the field of telecommunication will
be carried out with the support of universities for capacity building.
A research laboratory will be set up for the betterment of the
industry, Kariyapperuma said.
The year 2009 has been declared as the Year of ICT and English. We
had a conflict for the first six months of the year and we need more
time to pay attention to this important theme. Sri Lanka has a
world-class telecom network. All stakeholders have played a major role
in this development, he said.