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Senior Advisor to the Asia Pacific Region of the International Telecommunication Union, Mr. Sameer Sharma visited the TRCSL’s broadband monitoring unit to observe its operations during his recent visit in Sri Lanka. The operations of BMU (Broadband Monitoring Unit) were commenced in 2010 with the intention of monitoring broadband services in Sri Lanka....

Senior Advisor to the Asia Pacific Region of the International Telecommunication Union, Mr. Sameer Sharma visited the TRCSL’s broadband monitoring unit to observe its operations during his recent visit in Sri Lanka.

The operations of BMU (Broadband Monitoring Unit) were commenced in 2010 with the intention of monitoring broadband services in Sri Lanka. The monitoring system, which is unique, was developed locally to meet the regulatory requirements of the TRCSL.

After two years of operations, the TRCSL has achieved its initial goals successfully upholding the subscriber’s rights ensuring an acceptable quality of the service. As a result of this initiative the speeds of broadband services in Sri Lanka have improved significantly with a remarkable drop in prices as a byproduct of this initiative. This change is clearly visible in fixed broadband services.

However, there are many exciting things are happening in the mobile broadband sphere too. Operators have accelerated their expansion projects not only to increase their coverage but also to improve download speeds of their services.

The cross platform availability at the BMU will provide the opportunity for the operators to conduct network analysis on different platforms and services especially when diagnosing network issues.

The set up of BMU has created a new culture in the regulatory sphere that has strengthened the regulator-operator relationship. This would be the success of the broadband initiative of the TRCSL. The utmost commitment and the interest of operators to improve service levels to meet subscriber expectations and the requirements of the regulator would have been the story behind the success of broadband development in Sri Lanka. 

While commending the undertakings of the TRCSL Mr. Sharma stressed the importance of expanding high speed broadband services to underserved areas in the country to connect every Sri Lankan to the information super highway. During the discussion with Mr. Sharma he shared experiences and expertise on broadband development with the TRCSL staff and broadly discussed about the extending high speed broadband services to the schools in underserved areas. In this context he has assured the support of the ITU and proposed the TRCSL to develop the BMU to meet the international standards which enables telecom regulators and stakeholders in the world to access the facilities and to share hands on experience of the TRCSL.


Mr. Sanath Siriwardena, Consultant, who is in charge of the BMU and the broadband Initiative, explained and demonstrated the operations of the BMU to Mr. Sharma.

Mr. Mohan Jayasekara, Deputy Director Policy & International Relations and Mr. Jagath Ratnayake, Assistant Director Policy, Mr. Jawsi, Assistant Director Internation Relations were also joined the discussion.