Love at first SMS

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

When telephones started, love chats used to be long, but this new SMS culture its just a quickie. Mobile phones have changed us a lot.rn
On his way to work Indika checks on the closing price of a stock that he wants to buy in the share market. rn

rnNot only can Indika check up on the share market, he can also get the latest cricket scores or even watch the match. rn

rnHe does all this on his mobile phone.rn

rnWelcome to the new world of mobile telecommunication.rn

rnThe mobile phone is not just a device to have a conversation with anymore. rn

From text to video streaming mobile operators are now offering data services to everybody from busy executives to school kids.rn

rnHowever, unlike in more developed countries usage of high-end data services is still in its infancy here, because of the cost and other bottlenecks.rn

rnProviding the functionality of a fixed telephone line for people on the move was what it was originally meant to do. rn

rnBut today it is no longer being used on