Dialog Axiata Partners Gamata Sanniwedanaya Project Initiated by TRCSL
First Phase of the Project Launched in Ratnapura
March 2nd, 2021 Colombo
Dialog Axiata Partners TRCSL’s ‘Gamata Sanniwedanaya’ Project
Left to Right: Sriyani Mawellage, Deputy Director - Competition Division, TRCSL, Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive, Dialog Axiata PLC, Oshada Senanayake, Director General, TRCSL, Sudath Wakista, Deputy Director - Spectrum Management Division, TRCSL and Pradeep De Almeida, Group Chief Technology Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC
Breaking ground at the launch of the first phase of the ‘Gamata Sanniwedanaya’ initiative in Ratnapura
Staying true to its vision of Empowering and Enriching Sri Lankan Lives and Enterprises by connecting everyone and driving digital inclusion across the nation, Dialog Axiata PLC (Dialog) partnered the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) to launch the first phase of the ‘Gamata Sanniwedanaya’ initiative in Ratnapura.
By facilitating the ‘Gamata Sanniwedanaya’ initiative, the Company aims to enable all Sri Lankans to move forward as one digital society and support the distant-learning and working requirements in this new normal. This initiative was deployed by TRCSL with the pilot programme of implementing 37 new sites in the Ratnapura District, where 18 of these sites will be deployed by Dialog by July 2021. The next phase of the ‘Gamata Sanniwedanaya’ initiative will focus on expanding 4G coverage to deep rural communities in Kurunegala, Matara and more districts to achieve near 100% population coverage by the end of 2022.
Speaking at the occasion, Oshada Senanayake, Director General of Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka said, “Today marks a special day where we launch this ‘Gamata Sanniwedanaya’ initiative with Dialog in the Napawala village in the Rathnapura district. Our efforts through this initiative is to establish the necessary connectivity infrastructure which is imperative for Sri Lanka to successfully navigate its journey towards digitisation. Along with the Rathnapura project, we are also aiming to expand coverage in 10 districts this year, including Kurunegala, Matara and Anuradhapura with a vision of expanding coverage to 100% of the country.”
Commenting, Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata PLC said, “We are pleased to join hands with TRCSL to launch the ‘Gamata Sanniwedanaya’ initiative as part of our efforts in expanding 4G coverage to deep rural communities across the nation and support our subscribers, considering how connectivity has become a necessity with the ongoing pandemic, especially with learning and working requirements. We hope to collaborate further with TRCSL in the upcoming months to make this initiative a success, in line with our shared vision of enabling a fully connected and truly empowered Sri Lanka.”