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SL to get 'Google' support for Wi-fi

28 July 2015 08:21 am - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


WIFI connections will be freely available throughout the country by March 2016 with the aid of Google loon, a technology under which a special kind of balloon named Raven Aerostar.

The technology had become available following a discussion held by the State Minister for Defense Ruwan Wijewardene with Chamath Palihapitiya who is considered as the richest Sri Lankan in the world.

During the discussion, Mr. Palihapitiya had described the latest technology that had been introduced by Google.

Thereafter, Mr. Palihapitiya and several ministers had met President Maithripala Sirisena to present a report on the new technology.

With the instant approval of the President, an agreement between The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) and Google was signed at Temple Trees today. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 12

  • t-logi Tuesday, 28 July 2015 06:24 PM

    Its a good news and very nice of this gentleman to come forward to help many people especially those with low/no income.But people needs to be couscous for not getting addicted especially the young generation. It can make the people lazy and lack of motivation particularly the young ones.

    Fanam Tuesday, 28 July 2015 07:19 PM

    Do you want whole country to be monopolised by some Telecom companised and only people with money to have access to Internet? Negative thinking cJ

    Sachitha Tuesday, 28 July 2015 07:48 PM

    Are you thinking companies investing for you. LOL

    Banda Tuesday, 28 July 2015 04:27 PM

    What good is good... Telcos cant sell free wifi... Thanks Ranil

    Amila Tuesday, 28 July 2015 02:36 PM


    Sikuru Tuesday, 28 July 2015 02:46 PM

    The current govt has good relations with both companies and nations. It will do a lot to develop the country

    Cheers Tuesday, 28 July 2015 02:55 PM

    Wifi itself will not stop this government getting voted out next month

    ANTON Tuesday, 28 July 2015 02:55 PM


    Shanil Tuesday, 28 July 2015 02:58 PM

    Great Initiative. Chamath is not the richest Sri Lankan in the world. That honor goes to Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    ziyard Tuesday, 28 July 2015 03:01 PM

    A slap on the faces of baiyyas,only an intellect like Ranil can develop this country,will MR would ever have got an idea similar to this ?????wake up baiyyas and be with toiyyas,i was born in sri lanka and i want my country of birth to be in par with developed nations,only ranil and UNP could take you there.An advice to baiyyas,please keep away ruffians like wimale,vasu etc.....

    YashG Tuesday, 28 July 2015 03:09 PM

    Good initiative by the present government.

    cJ Tuesday, 28 July 2015 03:10 PM

    This is pretty poor decision making. What will happen to all the Telecom Players ? They have invested huge amount of money on upgrading their data networks and this is a clear slap on the face for them !!!! Free Wifi at key locations is fine.well covering the whole country is bit too much.

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