ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Dialog Axiata says its support for the local developer community has helped create many useful applications, with the next phase of growth being the Internet of Things.
“We have to galvanise the larger Sri Lankan developer community, and we are doing that by creating platforms that are open and secure,” said Supun Weerasinghe, Dialog Axiata group chief executive.
“Mobile connectivity has seen rapid growth with the introduction of micro charging through sachet billing,” he told a news conference to mark Google I/O Extended, a developer conference organised outside the United States to coincide with the internet search company’s annual developer conference in Mountain View, California.
“Mobile penetration levels are near 100 percent. Now, the move is to connect things,” Weerasinghe said, referring to IoT, where there is connectivity between physical objects like cars and factory floor machinery through the internet.
The conference was presented by Dialog Axiata through its IdeaMart web portal, in collaboration with the Google Developer group in Sri Lanka, to discuss industry issues. There was also an innovation exhibition alongside showcased new products and services that included robot contests, gaming zones and image recognition-based demonstrations.
Dialog Axiata's IdeaMart provides developers tools to build mobile applications using the phone company’s services like text messaging and billing, and takes 30 percent of revenue, with 70 percent going to the application's creators.
IdeaMart now has over 2,500 members and 2,900 applications.
“We endeavour to put technology in the hands of young talent who can create new products and services that can make a lasting difference and improve the quality of life of Sri Lankans,” said Weerasinghe.
(COLOMBO, May 19, 2017)