SLTnet upgraded to superior bandwidth
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the nation’s communications powerhouse
upgraded its SLTnet, the largest Internet service provider in Sri Lanka.
SLTnet caters to the needs of the wider community of Sri Lankans, be
it residential or corporate in nature being the unchallenged, dominant
player with a share of 60% of the Internet market.
With the recent upgrade SLTnet added more capacity (STM4 link) to its
International Internet backbone (Internet Protocol and Broadband
connectivity - IPBB).
The company now has 2.2 Gbps of international IPBB capacity. SLT has
direct connectivity to Global Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Asia,
Europe and USA and is planned to upgrade to 3.5 Gbps or more within the
Speaking on the significance of the upgrade, Acting CEO of SLT, Mrs.
P. N. E. Abayasekara said, “Sri Lanka has very poor local content. We
always try to take it internationally, as the majority of users have
access to international content and less mirror sites. Lesser local
contents and mirror sites drive users overseas and the quality of
service drops when traffic is increased.
This creates a bottleneck scenario at points where the local paths
connect to the World Wide Web. Mirror sites are internet copies of the
same site, which are in different geographic areas, allowing users to
choose the site closest to them. This lessens internet traffic and
SLTNet offers a host of services such as dialup internet with many
value added features, pre-paid internet services, Broadband internet
through ADSL technology, Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity), international
internet roaming, hosting services at the internet Data Centre (iDC),
Broadband internet connectivity for valued corporate customers to their
IP-VPN (Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network), Broadband internet
through Metro Ethernet connectivity, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)
services with SLT MaxTallk IDD calling cards as well as international IP
transit services as part of its global services.