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Aug 28, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka will build a state-sponsored 250 metre tall common broadcast tower for television, radio and telecom firms, information minister Anura Yapa said. All telecom operators would be allowed to use it for a fee.

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“The building of towers in a haphazard manner cannot be allowed,” Minister Yapa said.

“The tower will be a national icon, like those in China, Kuala Lampur and Tehran.”

Sri Lanka’s telecom regulator Priyantha Kariapperuma said the tower will be located in Peliyagoda in the greater Colombo area and will have a public observation gallery and a restaurant.

The tower will be built at state cost, but a private investor may be attracted later, he said.