Sri Lanka Telecom Launches Extra Fast Broadband Via FTTH

Sri Lanka Telecom, the country’s only wireline operator said it had launched a fibre-to-the-home service offering fast broadband service through its optical fibre network.

SLT said the demonstration at the office Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) in Narenhpita, a suburb of the capital Colombo, reached download speeds of 100 megabits per second.

“At present, nearly half a million households are connected to SLT Broadband services and we are seeking to connect them in the future through the world’s most reliable connectivity option, fibre-to-the-home (FTTH)/ fibre-to-the-building (FTTB)…” SLT chief executive Lalith de Silva said in a statement.

SLT’s broad band packages of ‘Web Master’, ‘Web Champ’ and ‘Web Life; will now be offered with 100 Mbps download speeds, and ‘Web Family’, ‘Web Surfer’ and ‘Web Pro’ will be offered 50 Mbps with a FTTH connections.

Its PEO TV cable service with high definition channels will also be available though the service.

“Undoubtedly telecommunications is one of the key areas in our lives not only for entertainment and social interaction, but it is the key tool for education purposes as well,” TRCSL chairman Lalith Weeratunga said.

“I believe all these developments in the ICT industry will ultimately support Sri Lanka to become a knowledge hub.”

SLT said optical fibre access technology had ‘ultra high speeds’ and was more robust as it was not affected by electrical interference. Unlike wireless there was also no propagation problems or interference.