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The government will set up WiFi hotspots at 400 locations by November 1, Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Minister Harin Fernando said today.

“A procedure has been introduced to provide this facility, which can be accessed from any part of the country on a concessionary rate,” the minister said.“Previously there were problems with five service providers but the issues have been sorted out to some extent."

He said the government had seized high tech equipment with the capacity to tap any telephone conversation. The minister said it had been bought by the previous government at a cost of US$150,000 and that it was still in its original packing.

"We intend returning it to the company that sold it as we have nothing to do with such tapping machines. The members of the previous regime have imported such equipment to tap the telephone conversations of the then opposition UNP members,” the minister said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  • Law Wednesday, 03 August 2016 09:35 PM

    It is illegal to tap the private telephone conversations of any Sri Lankan citizen without a Court order. We do not have to make excuses that we the nation don't use such technology. Use it against the real criminals following due process. It has been illegally used by the MR government to listen in on its citizens/ opposition politicians as well. Going to extents of bugging homes and offices in some cases.

    Eds Thursday, 04 August 2016 07:58 AM

    So no more free wi fi ? He he he

    Ruwan... Wednesday, 03 August 2016 04:32 PM

    on a concessionary rate ? Ha ha ha.....

    suranimala Wednesday, 03 August 2016 04:32 PM

    Thank you Paada Yathra

    ameer Wednesday, 03 August 2016 04:38 PM

    Then what happened to the free Wifi.

    Roman Thursday, 04 August 2016 09:43 AM

    with all due respect, whats going on with the google loon project sir?

    NARAYANA Wednesday, 03 August 2016 05:40 PM

    Another filthy joke as his parlimatry language

    bandara Wednesday, 03 August 2016 05:47 PM

    another drama

    Cricy Wednesday, 03 August 2016 06:06 PM

    Here we go again....


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