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Sri Lanka Telecom to roll out 200,000 optical fibre links with Nokia tech

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka telecom, a fixed line operator with a mobile unit said, will boost its capacity for optical fibre to the home (FTTH) connections by 200,000 from the current 350,000 using technology from Finland-based technology firm Nokia, the company said.

“By fully utilizing the fibre-technology, we are looking to expand our customer offerings and provide access to a platitude of broadband-based services,” SLT Chief Executive Officer, Kiththi Perera said.

Perera in Sri Lanka Telecom’s March 2020 annual report said that the firm plans to develop two million FTTH ports by 2022 from the existing 350,000 ports.

Using Nokia’s XGS-PON technology, Sri Lanka Telecom’s network will move “to virtualization and Software Defined Access Networks (SDAN) by software upgrade,” the companies said.

“We are excited to support SLT’s fibre initiative and provide the tools, resources and expertise that the company needs to deliver enhanced broadband access to customers,” Managing Director at Nokia Sri Lanka and Maldives, Upendra Samaratunge said.

Sri Lanka Telecom group said it had 2.87 million fixed broadband, fixed voice and Peo TV pay television service and its subsidiary Mobitel had 7.75 million subscribers.

SLT said they have invested 29 billion rupees in expanding its FTTH network, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) platform, a 4.5 generation and an optical fibre core network.

SLT says FTTH will expand home-based entertainment and also help micro, small and medium enterprises especially when high-speed data is needed amid Coronavirus restrictions. (Colombo/July 15/2020-sb)