Lanka Bell, IBM to accelerate cloud adoption in Sri Lanka


Steven Deskovic, Director IBM Asia Pacific - Communications Sector Industry Sales (centre left) exchanging the partnership agreement with Dr. Prasad Samarasinghe, Managing Director - Lanka Bell Limited (center right). Also in the picture (L to R) are Ramesh Wannakuwatte, Country Head - Cloud Solutions IBM Sri Lanka, Suranjan Banerjee - IBM Cloud Business Development Executive for Telecoms, Trushan Handy - Head of Information Technology, Lanka Bell Limited and Tharaka Alawathugoda, Business Development Executive - Cloud Solutions Lanka Bell Limited

Apr 25, 2017 (LBO) – IBM will collaborate with Lanka Bell to provide enterprises, start-ups, developers and government bodies cloud services via the IBM Cloud, the company said.

As a part of the agreement, the two companies will jointly market and sell new offerings for public, private and hybrid cloud deployments, including workload migrations, disaster recovery and capacity expansion solutions via the IBM Cloud.

Lanka Bell provides a full range of telecommunication services, including Internet, data and voice, to businesses and residential customers in Sri Lanka.

With its agreement with IBM, Lanka Bell will expand its portfolio to include a wide range of cloud solutions. In addition to IaaS and PaaS services, the IBM Cloud infrastructure will enable Lanka Bell to offer clients back-up storage, virtual machines and virtual storage facilities which can be integrated with the IBM NAS (Network Access Service) solutions.

“This partnership is an extension of our near 20 year relationship with IBM and demonstrates our shared vision that will help enterprise customers in the country to embrace cloud offerings quickly and easily”, said Dr. Prasad Samarasinghe, Managing Director, Lanka Bell.

“We anticipate customers will benefit from this collaboration and expansion of Lanka Bell’s cloud offerings.”

All IBM Cloud data centers connect to world class networking infrastructure, hardware and software with exceptional bandwidth and connectivity for the highest speed and reliability that enable seamless data transfer, low latency and more consistent performance, the company said.

IBM’s triple network architecture enables high bandwidth apps and services like video streaming, database querying and HPC applications to perform at their best.

“IBM cloud is open by design, offering a set of tools, flexibility and agility that helps organizations of all sizes and developers to easily translate their innovative ideas into technical solutions and business models,” said Chrishan Fernando, RGM, Sri Lanka.

“The collaboration is built on our two companies long history of bringing innovation to business. We are confident that our cloud platform and joint offerings will enable customers to support new ways to work in an era shaped by cognitive and digital transformation.”

Lanka Bell introduced fixed wireless telephony with CDMA technology to Sri Lanka in 2005. The launch of Bell4G home broadband services via 4G LTE technology further enriched and enhanced Lanka Bell’s offering.

Among the company’s other offerings is BEST Bell Enterprise Solutions Technology. This is a specialised suite of enterprise telecommunication solutions which offers voice and text, data, IDC (internet Data Centre) and international services.

Lanka Bell is also the landing partner for the FLAG submarine cable network in Sri Lanka. With a significant investment, Lanka Bell owns and operates the totally independent cable landing station thus providing true diversity in international connectivity to Sri Lanka.

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