April 07, 2009 (LBO) – New technology that allows multiple telecom services to be delivered over a single network can sharply lower costs and make commerce greener, Hans Wijayasuriya, the head of Sri Lanka’s biggest mobile firm said. Wijayasuriya was addressing a Next Generation Networks (NGN) standardization forum in Colombo organised by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, International Telecommunications Union and the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization.
Next Generation Networks refers to the convergence of communications technologies into one seamless network that transports all information and services such as voice, data, and other media such as video.
NGNs would better enable the use of ICT (information and communication technology) as a catalyst for economic development, Wijayasuriya said.
It would help users and help to bridge the digital divide, ushering in a new world of social connectivity and create a new culture.
“In the next 30 years ICT will enable a world of equals,” said Wijayasuriya, who is also group chief operating officer, of Malaysia’s TM International, the parent firm of Dialog Telekom.
Wijayasuriya said NGN will increase affordability and reduce costs f