Sri Lanka has the potential to reach 80% connectivity well before the required time frame with the right broadband access in place.
`The United States has an 80% connectivity percentage while Sri Lanka only has 10% but given the right solutions and infrastructure Sri Lanka is able to achieve high percentage of connectivity in a time frame of 5 to 10 years,` said the President of Technology Networking International, Dr. Zoran Miljanic.
He made this observation at the runner up to the 1st South Asia Broadband communications Congress and Expo which is to be held on September 4-6th at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel. According to Dr. Miljanic, who is spearheading the conference that will stage two workshops and showcase over 40 presentations presented by speakers from all over the world.
The conference which is targeted at the corporate users of the South Asian market is held to enlighten the potentials of the broadband connectivity and develop the technology in the South Asian region.
`The South Asian market is one of the fastest growing markets in the world so therefore we want to inform the participants of the conference of the potentials of the broadband connectivity and chose Sri Lanka as the venue for it is one of the fastest growing country in the region.` he stated.
He also acknowledged that Sri Lanka was the first country in the region to successfully try out for IP TV and launch 3G in the region.
The two workshops will discuss topics relating to Metro Ethernet and broadband wireless access. Metro Ethernet which is an extension of the Ethernet is the connectivity between two offices in the same area, so therefore it provides many more features. Speaking of broadband connectivity access, Dr. Miljanic mentioned that the workshop will discuss about Wi-Fi, WiMAX, 3G and will also introduce the features of 4G which is still being developed and will be launched in the year 2010.
`Each in every broadband wireless connectivity access has its own unique objective it is not about which is more advanced as it will co-exist, as the customer`s needs differs from the location to the occasion,` Dr. Miljanic observed.
According to him broadband connectivity is still in its initial stages and that all these years the connectivity and content was dominated but now we are finally able to see the democratization of the connectivity and the content providers as broadband connectivity has open new doors.
While the workshop on Metro Ethernet will be addressed by Dr. Miljanic the workshop on broadband wireless access will be conducted by Dr. Predrag Spasojevic.
The conference will also conduct presentations on the topics of VoIP, instand messaging, presence, video conferencing, interactive services, metro optical networks, mobile broad band, wireless mesh networks and residential gateways.
The conference will also be attended by delegates of the telecommunication sector of the south Asian countries and the keynote will be presented by the minister of Post and Telecommunications, Rauf Hakeem.