Lanka Bell, the first private fixed telecom operator to launch CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) technology in Sri Lanka today revealed plans to commission a 100,000 CDMA line capacity around the country by mid August.
The Company has already provided for the connection of a 50,000 line capacity, since the launch of its first CDMA Base Station in May this year.
Over 35 of the proposed 150 new CDMA Base Stations have already been inaugurated to date, in different parts of Sri Lanka, spanning 14 districts, enabling the provision of this revolutionary new technology to the Sri Lankan masses.
Lanka Bell`s Managing Director Suren Goonewardene said that the company has gone on record as being the first operator to give ?blanket CDMA coverage? to the Colombo and Greater Colombo areas. He added that Lanka Bell was proud to be the only Sri Lankan owned company in the telecom industry today.
?All other mobile and fixed line telecom providers operating in Sri Lanka are either fully or partially owned by foreign companies. With the recent acquisition of Lanka Bell by the Distilleries Group headed by business tycoon Harry Jayawardene, the Company has become a 99.1% Sri Lankan corporate entity. This makes our commitment to the Sri Lankan public even greater.?
On Lanka Bell`s Board of Directors are Harry Jayawardene (Chairman), Suren Goonewardene (Managing Director), Royle Jansz, Damien Fernando and Prasad Samarasinghe.
Goonewardene added that several banks have entered into a strategic alliance with Lanka Bell to extend this facility to their credit card holders at zero % interest. Among them are the HNB, HSBC, Seylan Bank, Commercial Bank, Bank of Ceylon, Sampath Bank and Nations Trust Bank. Meanwhile the Sanasa Development Bank Ltd has also come forward to extend credit facilities to future potential customers through the Bank`s 17 branches across the country while the NDB Bank and HNB provide special rates to their housing loan customers.
Goonewardene added that the public`s response to CDMA connectivity has been overwhelming, especially in the outstation areas. ?With CDMA 2000-1X technology, the opportunities are endless. Not only are we able to connect the rural masses with modern fixed wireless telephony, but also with fax, email and internet, CLI, per second billing, call forwarding, call waiting, free IDD enabled, speaker phone, three way conferencing facilities etc?.