SLT-MOBITEL – Digitally ready for system change in Sri Lanka
Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 10:00 a.m. SL time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
July 27, Colombo: SLT-MOBITEL, the leading communications and technology services provider in Sri Lanka, announced a national proposal to improve critical services and sectors and digitally empower citizens.
SLT-MOBITEL, one of the most powerful players in the telecommunications and technology sector, cites archaic legacy systems, inefficiency, corruption, high operational costs and waste in critical sectors and services as the main reason to accelerate a system change in the country.
The new system change proposed by SLT-MOBITEL places digitally empowered citizens at its core, with digitization of identities and strong digital security and privacy. This will serve as a cornerstone for new technological innovations that can strengthen digital commerce and e-governance in all aspects of county-critical operations. SLT-MOBITEL has identified health, education, transport, agriculture, tourism, justice and banking and finance as critical services and sectors that can thrive in this new system, more efficiently and transparent.
Elaborating on this new system change for the country, Rohan Fernando, Group Chairman, Sri Lanka Telecom, said: “Just as Singapore has done, Sri Lanka has the potential to transition into a smart nation, making technology innovation the backbone of every sphere of activity. By doing so, the main problems currently facing the country can be solved and critical sectors and services can be transformed into highly efficient, transparent and cost-effective systems which, in turn, can transform people’s lives. Our vision is to move the country towards e-governance and digital commerce. We have the broadest presence across the entire value chain and an unrivaled ability to meet the needs of technology companies, large corporations, public and state institutions. With our capabilities and strong infrastructure across the country, we believe we are fully prepared to meet this challenge and bring about the change the people of this country want to see.
SLT-MOBITEL, which started more than 160 years ago as a state-owned national communications service provider, has over the years transformed into a highly profitable and efficient publicly traded conglomerate, offering technology and connectivity solutions, off-the-shelf technology platforms, advanced network core services and digital infrastructure.
“The SLT-MOBITEL brand unification initiative in 2020 brought together the best services in fixed and mobile technology. It couldn’t have come at a better time, as the same year saw a dramatic increase in the need for technology and connectivity solutions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeing this increase and understanding future demand, we have extended our fiber network to 65,000 km across Sri Lanka, providing fast and accessible broadband services to increase digital capacity in the country. SLT Group owns the largest data centers in the country, and our longstanding partnerships with global tech giants like Microsoft, Oracle and VMware mean we are fully equipped to provide the most secure hosting services to institutions. public and state authorities, as well as to large companies and foreign investors. As we continue to invest in infrastructure, our efforts are now focused on developing technological solutions to the challenges the country faces today and will face tomorrow. SLT-MOBITEL is digitally ready for this system change that we all want to see in Sri Lanka,” Mr. Fernando said.
Under this proposed system change, SLT-MOBITEL will focus on health, education, transportation, agriculture, tourism, justice, and banking and finance.
Access to health care is a basic need. However, the health sector today faces many challenges that prevent citizens from accessing services and data. SLT-MOBITEL’s proposal aims to digitize the healthcare sector and will revolutionize the industry. It provides access to real-time information, remote patient monitoring, preventive care, timely assistance, healthcare analytics, and better overall patient care with data privacy and security. The digitization of the sector will give healthcare practitioners and citizens access to information at all times, and will also improve efficiency and return on investment for the industry.
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent economic challenges, access to continuing education has become another national priority. These macroeconomic factors have left children and teachers with no choice but to move towards online education. However, rural areas have limited access and teachers need training in digital technologies and e-learning solutions. E-learning and smart classrooms must be actively promoted as the future of education.
With these factors in mind, SLT-MOBITEL has outlined the steps to digitize the education sector in Sri Lanka. The country’s more than 10,000 schools can benefit from high-speed Internet access through the company’s extensive fiber optic network, processes can be automated through the introduction of digital tools and technologies, while libraries can be digitized for inclusive and continuous access. Additionally, teachers and students will be introduced to Learning Management Systems (LMS) to build a more agile and efficient education sector.
With the increasing urbanization of the country, transport and the resulting traffic jams have a direct impact on the economy. Loss of time in commuting, excessive fuel consumption, increased wear and tear on automobiles and increased number of road accidents all have a negative impact on national productivity.
SLT-MOBITEL offers the digitization of the transport sector of the country. Whether it’s multimodal tour plans, online ticket reservations, tracking apps for public transport such as buses and trains, providing on-site Wi-Fi and the possibility of cashless payments, Sri Lanka’s transport sector has enormous potential to be more efficient and productive.