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Sri Lankans will be able to enjoy free Wifi internet access with up to 100 MB of usage at selected 26 public locations across the island from Monday(30), Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

It said that the service would be expanded up to 1000 public spaces across the island by the end of August.

The ministry said that it had not established any restrictions on the free Wifi service.

“At the beginning there will be no barriers for the Wifi users, but after analysing the service with the time, our technicians will take necessary technological methods to control the service,” the ministry sources said.

The 26 public locations are: Fort Railway Station, Pettah Public and Private Bus Stands, the Temple of the Tooth Kandy, Floating Market in Pettah, Colombo Law College, Colombo Public Library, Dehiwela Zoo, Colombo Racecourse, Colombo Police Head Quarters, Galle Railway Station, Jaffna Railway Station, Fort Dutch Hospital, Galle Face Colombo, Battaramulla Foreign Employment Bureau, Colombo Museum, Karapitiya Hospital, Rathnapura Museum, Polonnaruwa Base Hospital, Matara Bus Stand, Polonnaruwa Railway Station, Matara Railway Station, Mirijjawila Botanical Garden, Jaffna Public Library, Kandy Railway Station and Peradeniya Railway Station. (Piyumi Fonseka)
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  • RDS Monday, 30 March 2015 02:35 PM

    universities already have WiFi

    Nadeesha Monday, 30 March 2015 02:45 PM

    Rather than spending so much money on WiFi access points and the internet access for them it would be so much effective on cost, technical as well aa usability if each and every user get free data qouta for their SIM cards from the service providers. Then there is no need to go to SLT outlet to get a password also.

    rifaazeem Monday, 30 March 2015 11:23 AM

    why not included any place in Eastern Province. Batticalao District??

    naleer Tuesday, 31 March 2015 06:45 AM

    Both wifi n wife should be connected

    dante Monday, 30 March 2015 03:13 PM

    thank you MR

    cyril n Sunday, 29 March 2015 04:38 PM

    Great move. Trust many more places would receive this facility soon.

    Gratiaen Hewa Monday, 30 March 2015 11:37 AM

    Thank you very very much our dear President.We are ever grateful to you.Our deepest condolence to the bereaved family of your late brother. This is life. Wish you the blessings of Noble Triple Gem.

    piyal Monday, 30 March 2015 03:40 AM

    Why this facility is not given to any of the University premises???.

    Wazeer Latiff Monday, 30 March 2015 09:19 AM

    Y Not In Nugegoda Area....? That Is Main Educational City In Colombo.

    Anderson Monday, 30 March 2015 04:24 AM

    This is a good move for Srilankan democracy.You must have more and more hot posts where people can search the web to know what is happening around the world and inside Srilanka specially in relation to political and social matters and on the other hand,Government and other institutes can educate least educated people from village areas.Hopefully, people use this facility in good manner.

    smart Monday, 30 March 2015 11:41 AM

    why you talk only abt Nugegoda? There are more cities like Mt. lavinia, ratmalana etc

    Accident will_Increase Sunday, 29 March 2015 04:45 PM

    Specially accidents will increase when lovers chats with their lovers and others the railway platform

    Shirley Silva Monday, 30 March 2015 04:27 AM

    Why do some people think negatively whenever some development takes place. Do you have any idea what WIFI is?

    saman Monday, 30 March 2015 04:40 AM

    Free education! Free health! Free tax system! Subsidised fuel! Free text books! Now top it all off, free wi fi. Enjoy. .....!!!!

    lenskivee Monday, 30 March 2015 09:24 AM

    Excellent, hope this will be used in a positive manner by one and all

    Girl Monday, 30 March 2015 11:53 AM

    Universities around SL has access to internet anyway. and they have said they are expanding the coverage.

    Hakeem Sunday, 29 March 2015 05:18 PM

    Congratulations to the Ministry and the Telecom for this concept. Accidents occurring due to the negligence of the lovers or any persons abusing the system is not the fault of the Government. Hope the inauguration of wifi to other parts of the island will be implemented soon.

    Gavitha Subramaniyam Sunday, 29 March 2015 05:18 PM

    Hope Nuware-Eliya will get this facility Since it is a tourism area

    Desmond jeromme Monday, 30 March 2015 05:13 AM

    In a way it is a good move, but hope it will not effect our school children, they can cut school and plant in these locations.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 30 March 2015 05:16 AM

    Good and bads are there on this subject. More lovers could be seen at these locations and the Police have to increase there strength in these places.

    Prema Monday, 30 March 2015 09:32 AM

    This comment through Fort railway station wifi, yahapalaneta Jayawewa,

    Horri Jimonis Monday, 30 March 2015 05:17 AM

    We need to be westernize, agree .... but it should not lead us to danger and harm. Let us be watchful about the consequences of this project.

    Ifam Sunday, 29 March 2015 05:42 PM

    Why do they have included Mirijjawila Botanical Garden????. Its useless.

    raaj Monday, 30 March 2015 09:36 AM

    select one place in every cities first

    Mushan Friday, 03 April 2015 02:15 AM

    Great service given for the people !! May you all enjoy the service and I hope this will last long !! :)

    hijk Sunday, 29 March 2015 06:03 PM

    what about universities and other public libraries and parks?

    Rex Sunday, 29 March 2015 06:07 PM

    what about Colombo General Hospital Kalubowila Teaching Hospital

    dinesh Monday, 30 March 2015 09:57 AM

    useless one .. is this the issue we have to fix right now ? are nt there any impotent tasks to do for society ?

    Gamlath Sunday, 29 March 2015 06:27 PM

    Great Move! Many developed nations and Developing Nations have these Facilities and we should bring these technologies to Sri lanka as well

    Qatar Monday, 30 March 2015 10:00 AM

    Fantastic move......! users, please use the service gracefully

    Lucky Weeramantry Sunday, 29 March 2015 06:35 PM

    Great News. Good Service To The People. Thank You

    Fazli Ismail Sunday, 29 March 2015 06:43 PM

    They also going to be HiFi with WiFi ......

    LogicalCitizen Monday, 30 March 2015 12:33 PM

    Free wifi but free speech at Facebook is prohibited and legal action taken. And why is foreign ministry handling telecom?

    nisam Monday, 30 March 2015 07:07 AM

    ICT is advancing in Sri Lanka and facilities are provided to access to Internet and global network.

    rahu Monday, 30 March 2015 12:48 PM

    I guess all the government universities provide wifi facilities to the students. Dunno about others. But University of Moratuwa has many wifi hotspots. I guess ither universities also do!!

    Tester Sunday, 29 March 2015 07:45 PM

    Very Sad it covers only 7 districtsColombo,Kandy,Galle,Jaffna,Rathnapura,Polonnaruwa and Matara.Why other districts people are not human beings ?

    Chaminda Monday, 30 March 2015 12:50 PM

    Good move.. but what is the specific reason to fix wifi in Polonnaruwa Railway station ??. There are lot of fully crowded railway stations rather than Polonnaruwa.

    ibadun Monday, 30 March 2015 08:11 AM

    Great. Gov just want to sign up with Dialog they have wifi almost all locations covered broadband/wi-fi/wi-fi-hotspots/

    Ramesh Friday, 09 September 2016 06:27 PM

    Congratulations Sri Lankans! (From Singapore)

    Gajan Sunday, 29 March 2015 07:53 PM

    Hoping to download some movies....

    das Monday, 30 March 2015 12:54 PM

    No they are less IT literate.

    SL Sunday, 29 March 2015 08:12 PM

    Most pressing issue in Sri Lanka is the lack of wiFi access. Hats off the Yahapalana go for standardizing the hopper price and plain tea prices and now for free WiFi.

    Dineth Sunday, 19 April 2015 10:28 AM

    WiFi Free ! Health Free! Education Free! Transport Free for civils! Where is a wonder except our country . Thanks to all the Presidents!!!!! Who ruled our country!!!

    eastern Wednesday, 01 April 2015 05:49 AM

    Das seems to be an illiterate

    Arunika Monday, 30 March 2015 01:19 PM

    Why is Illiterate Polonnaruwa whereas many metropolitan spots left forgotten?

    Arthika Monday, 30 March 2015 01:24 PM

    Why at Temple of the Tooth Kandy? People go to temple and use wifi?

    JJ Monday, 30 March 2015 01:27 PM

    Lovers will chat with their lovers with or without WiFi.

    Arthika Monday, 30 March 2015 01:27 PM

    Why only Colombo Law College???

    Ajantha Monday, 30 March 2015 01:29 PM

    Why not BIA and General Hospital?

    Choppe Monday, 30 March 2015 06:32 PM

    Why not Panchikawatte and Maligawatte?

    Azeez Sunday, 29 March 2015 10:57 PM

    Its because there are more people in the train where the train cant bear..

    Mubarak Monday, 30 March 2015 01:40 PM

    Great move by the new President. Those who abuse such blessings cannot prosper in this world and in the hereafter which is definite to come.

    patriot Monday, 30 March 2015 01:41 PM

    What can you do with 100 MB? hmm, it seems alot of peopke are clueless. Crescat food court also free wifi n you cant see YouTube at all.

    kesana Monday, 30 March 2015 01:47 PM

    Haa haa..Only 100 MB??

    Yuri Monday, 30 March 2015 11:03 AM

    By now we should have moved from world rank 158 to top 10. lol

    Eira Nisama Monday, 30 March 2015 06:45 PM

    Great move. How ever, locations are very questionable! How in the world there are two places in Polonnaruwa? How many users or visitors there?

    leo Sunday, 29 March 2015 11:33 PM

    Thanks to MR.

    Sincere Monday, 30 March 2015 01:57 PM

    Yes, Its a very good move. Please provide it at BIA also.

    suresh Monday, 30 March 2015 02:12 PM

    Most public places have quotas like this. Even here in Australia

    Abdul Monday, 30 March 2015 11:12 AM

    only giving 100mb ? what kind of joke is this ? we are living in 2015

    stack Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:16 AM

    Boss kurunegala area ekata wife enne kohenda danne n a neda?

    Push Monday, 30 March 2015 12:04 AM

    Good move. Hope the people will make use of the opportunity in the right way.

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