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Google Loon delay: Govt. seeks AG's advice

23 January 2017 05:06 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Government has sought the advice of the Attorney General on the action it should take on the delay by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) approving the Google Loon Project, Telecommunication Infrastructure Development Minister Harin Fernando said today.

He told a news conference that the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) and the Cabinet approved the project. "But the delay is caused by the ITU" he said.

He said the Google Company Chief would also be keen to see the proposed project when he visited Sri Lanka next month for the 'Digital Island' Digital Summit.

When asked about the WIFI project, the minister said it was being implemented. "The issue is that we have not been able to launch a marketing drive to make people aware of the locations where they could get free WiFi. We have asked the Finance Ministry for funds for such a drive and to go ahead with a campaign when we receive the funds," the minister said.

He said fiber optic cables were being laid covering a large area. The minister assured that this would be a revolution as it would be possible to have video conferencing among households. "You will be able to engage in video conferencing with your next door neighbour soon," he said.

The minister said two-thirds of the fiber optic cable network has been completed. (Yohan Perera)


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  Comments - 9

  • gamini Tuesday, 24 January 2017 07:23 PM

    This guy becomes the biggest JOKER in the SL politics

    Sharon Tuesday, 24 January 2017 12:41 PM

    You are not alone..... Volks Wagan with you..... (Tribute to King of Pop - Micheal Jackson)

    Wele Vidane Tuesday, 24 January 2017 01:48 PM

    Yes Harin come out with any excuses because you hide too long

    Anja Monday, 23 January 2017 06:49 PM the stoned age ppl used to believe this gentlemans boasting via DM Android App

    mm Monday, 23 January 2017 06:54 PM

    yes next time I cant run out of the shower to answer a call my neighbor will be Video conferencing via DM iOS App

    Ahmed Monday, 23 January 2017 06:58 PM

    you guys made internet expensive in sri lanka by your tax system. i heard one of our ministers saying they did it because people are not using regular phone calls anymore. what kind of stupid statement is that ? internet is something people can gain knowledge. there are thousands of freelancers using internet to bring in foreign revenue

    James Jacob Monday, 23 January 2017 07:12 PM

    Started with Google Loon Project, saying the delay is with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Getting approval from the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) and the Cabinet is of no use. Only recommendations to ITU can be made by TRC and cabinet. for such a project.The final approval should be by ITU. The Minister must be guided by officers to follow the correct procedure.

    Mewan Monday, 23 January 2017 07:13 PM

    Why did they remember Google Loon all of a sudden? Looks like provincial elections around the corner. Will the masses be deceived one more time?

    king coconut Monday, 23 January 2017 07:25 PM

    ...and you probably believe the king will come back..

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