Northern Connect

Aug 12, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Dialog Telekom has activated the first phase of a network expansion into former war-torn areas in the north of the island, which may cost up to 10 million US dollars, officials said. “We have connected the first six sites, and we will build 60 more towers in tandem with re-settlement,” Dialog chief executive Hans Wijayasuriya told reporters Wednesday.

Sri Lanka’s military wiped out the last remaining pocket of Tamil Tiger separatists from the northeastern Mullaitivu area in May, ending a 30-year war.

About 280,000 refugees are still kept in camps in Vavuniya awaiting re-settlement.

Key northern towns of Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, as well as Pooneryn, Thunnukkai, Mankulam and Elephant Pass were now connected to its national network, the company said.

“Very soon re-settlement will start, already it has started (in some areas),” Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe, who heads the signals corps of the Sri Lanka Army said.

“The soldiers are now re-organizing, still the clearing operations are starting. With this our heroes will have the facility to talk to their families and friends from today.”

The military is helping with rolling out infrastructure in former war-z