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SLT-MOBITEL Launches First Ever Fully-Managed True SD WAN Services Embracing Intent Based Networking Approach for Enterprise Customers

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SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT solutions and Mobile Services Provider launched their first ever SLTMobitel SDWAN Service as a fully managed service for large and medium enterprises and government institutions. SLT-MOBITEL undertook this endeavour in keeping with their mission to support enterprises and to encourage timely transformation across the digital arena, as the country’s leading Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) service provider.

Businesses view the cloud as a key part of their strategy and innovation. The larger the business, the more users, devices, and things consume applications. As the pace of business increases, this results in a highly complex and dynamic network. The preferred method of connecting users to applications is shifting from dedicated MPLS connectivity, which is a fast data carrying technique to access data centres, and less connectivity to using the internet as a result. Branch Internet Edge connectivity becomes business critical for cloud movement. These influences create opportunities for increased exposure to cyber threats. It also means that there is an opportunity for inconsistent user experiences as application access is no longer reliant only on private networks. Complexity in adapting to changes in business needs and technical realities increases as well. This is where SLTMobitel SDWAN becomes a core component of modernization, secure application delivery and resilient business capabilities. SLTMobitel SDWAN services built on Zero trust model, which is essential for BFSI sector and large enterprise customers as underlay connectivity will be open to Private, and Public connectivity domain.

Commenting on the initiative CEO of SLT, Mr. Kiththi Perera said, “SLT-MOBITEL decided to bring this concept to fruition for the ease of our customers. Within the digital journey of enterprises across various verticals, we recognized that movement of applications to cloud was becoming a growing necessity. Being the country’s national telecommunication service provider, running an extended program connecting all the enterprises via fibre last mile, we believed it was our responsibility to address these growing demands from our customers, individuals and businesses alike. We look forward to our customers reaping the maximum benefits with the best possible network options and the digitization of the WAN network.”

The current method of using wide area network (WAN) is to connect users from a head office or branch to applications hosted on servers in data centres. The MPLS approach helps ensure reliable connectivity along with security and internet edge via head office. Today, with the ongoing technological changes making waves in the digital world, applications are fast moving into the cloud and users access these applications by way of a diverse range of devices.

Today, a much-discussed topic is alignment towards digital transformation and all enterprise verticals; from banking to retail, are looking to evolve and transform within this digital landscape with the aim of increasing their productivity, achieving less costs and revolutionizing customer experiences. When business verticals ultimately move towards a transformation, the network would require to undergo a modification in a way where it would align with the ultimate need of the business. Therefore, the infrastructure would need to work according to the business intent.

Sharing his thoughts on the launch of SLTMobitel SDWAN, Chief Enterprise and Wholesale Officer of SLT, Mr. Janaka Abeysinghe stated, “SLT- MOBITEL Enterprise has connected small and large-scale enterprises with robust MPLS for more than two decades. We have continuously built reliable and scalable networks across the island and have extended multiple submarine cables in the global arena. Partnering with Cisco, the leader in the routing landscape for more than 30 years, creates the strongest SLTMobitel SDWAN service ever to steer past current methods of connectivity and think beyond, to support Enterprises. With the introduction of SLTMobitel SDWAN by partnering with Cisco, SLT-MOBITEL currently acts as an enabler to help with the digital transformation of enterprises in Sri Lanka, and provide comprehensive next generation connectivity services. In future, we hope to expand these services to global customers as well.”

SLTMobitel SDWAN was created with a focus on providing customers with an extended range of benefits by operating WAN for various business intents. SLTMobitel SDWAN is an overlay technology running on different underlay networks with a capacity to centrally manage Edge Devices and overlay networks. This service will bring a level of effortless management, better visibility, better application experience, optimized cloud connectivity and a more secure WAN for private and public connectivity, among a host of other benefits to its users.

This is where SLT-MOBITEL Enterprise utilizes Cisco’s Intent based Networking (IBN) approach for SLTMobitel SDWAN services with the aim of building infrastructure that works in tandem with the business goals and to help businesses to address key business and technological challenges that they have been facing and still face today. Since the goal is for the network to continuously adjust network performance and help assure the desired business outcomes, SLT-MOBITEL’s strategy was to deliver an IBN across different domains. IBN would focus on helping to translate the business intent into a policy and build that policy to guarantee that marketing uses and applications, placed on a secure segment to receive the highest priority service.

The main features of SLTMobitel SDWAN powered by Cisco include visibility, security and performance. For an all-encompassing SLTMobitel SDWAN solution, enterprise customers will also benefit from growing WAN with less operational expenditure (OPEX), greater business agility and responsiveness, increased application performance across the WAN, assure business intent with advanced application visibility and control and robust edge-to-edge security and micro-segmentation. Amongst the many features that SLTMobitel SDWAN also offers, is the Cloud OnRamp for public Cloud services such as Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google Services which can deliver optimal performance, user experience, and security.

SLT-MOBITEL’s main service building blocks will include consultation, design and migration. The company’s Enterprise will provide end-to-end SLTMobitel SDWAN services along with connectivity, controller, virtual and physical edges and offer a fully- managed SLTMobitel SDWAN service on top of the existing MPLS with in-house subject knowledge.



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Sri Lanka all set for Expo 2020 Dubai

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EXPO 2020 DUBAI is the latest edition of World Expos held around the world since 1851 and will be the first ever to be held in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Sri Lanka will participate in the mega-event which commences in October (01st October 2021 – 31st March 2022) and is expected to attract over 25 million visitors to Dubai during its six-month run. One of the key facets of the Sri Lankan contingent will be the specially designed Pavilion which was officially handed over by the Dubai Expo team to Mr.Nalinda Wijerathna, Deputy Commissioner General Sri Lanka for Expo and Consul General of Sri Lanka to Dubai and the Northern Emirates on the 14th of September, 2021. Accompanying Mr.Nalinda Wijerathna at the handover was Mrs. Subashini De Silva, Second Secretary at the Sri Lankan Consulate in Dubai.

The pavilion with its water-based theme was designed by a team from the University of Moratuwa and has been recognized as one of the best designs at Expo 2020 Dubai. The pavilion showcases the hydraulic civilization in a touristic perspective bringing out the 3 positioning pillars of Authenticity, Compactness and Diversity while taking visitors on a journey through history, culture, nature, people, and many facets of the destination through storytelling to inspire and showcase Sri Lanka to the world. Silent display screens at the pavilion will feature the unique facets of the island in all its wonder and awe.

The Pavilion will be segmented into zones to represent the many diverse facets of Sri Lanka. Zone 1 will display a cross-section of Sri Lanka’s multiple dimensions, zone 2 will focus on the island’s unique Ecology, Biodiversity, and Ecosystems, while zone 3 will give participants an insight into the island’s awe-inspiring history with a display based on the Islands ancient kingdoms. Zone 4 is dedicated to Economy and Trade Development and zone 5 will showcase local craftsmen and artisans with a masked wall and retail area. The specially designed Pavillion is a breathtaking mix of heritage, history, local style, and the latest technology. This will give participants a glimpse of island life in all its splendor, helping create interest that will attract both visitors and investors. The entire experience is designed to be personal, immersive, and memorable, conveying the island’s warm, sunny personality and exotic character.

Speaking about this landmark event Ms. Kimarli Fernando – Chairperson SL Tourism and the Commissioner General Sri Lanka for Expo, had this to say. ‘Expo 2020 Dubai was an event that came to Sri Lanka Tourism at the eleventh hour!! Despite all constraints and barriers, we made it this far and created a global platform for Sri Lanka to be showcased at this international event. We have created tourism, trade and investment opportunities at Expo which we are sure will generate great growth avenues for Sri Lanka. We are also blessed with amazing partners and great support extended from Expo Dubai team. Sri Lanka Tourism is looking forward for a successful event in Dubai’.

Sri Lanka Tourism has built a collision in presenting Sri Lanka strong and vibrant at Expo 2020 Dubai in partnership with the Sri Lanka Embassy in UAE and the Consulate in Dubai, Gem & Jewelry Authority, Export Development Board, Sri Lanka Tea Board, Laksala, Board of Investment, Port City, Sri Lankan Airlines, and the National Chamber of Exporters. The event will provide an extraordinary opportunity for many organisations that make up the local contingent, including commercial opportunities that will enable a more robust and strengthened local economy. With over 190 countries participating in the event, there will be a wealth of interest in Sri Lanka’s unique arts, crafts, cuisine, and culture. Destination Sri Lanka will be telling its story through the creative use of song, dance, cultural events, and a host of strategically targeted programmes.

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Lower motor vehicle imports contribute towards narrowing 2020 trade deficit by approx. USD 2 billion

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‘Since importation of motor vehicles into Sri Lanka takes a significant portion of the total import bill of the country, that is 3 per cent in 2020, reduction in motor vehicle imports contributed largely towards narrowing the trade deficit. Accordingly, the trade deficit contracted notably by around USD 2 billion in 2020, a Ceylon Chamber of Commerce press release, announcing the release of the latest Motor Vehicle Industry Report, covering key trends in 2019 and 2020, said.

The release:

This publication prepared by the Economic Intelligence Unit of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) provides a detailed analysis and overview of Sri Lanka’s motor vehicle Industry covering both 2019 and 2020. The report features the latest information on economic contribution of the industry, motor vehicle registration, ownership transfers, population, imports of motor vehicles (a detailed analysis by vehicle category and HS code), issuance of driving licenses, recent regulatory developments, the way forward and global motor vehicle industry.

The report highlights that both 2019 and 2020 were challenging years for Sri Lanka’s motor vehicle industry due to import restriction. As such, imports of motor vehicles recorded a notable decline during last two years, after experiencing a significant growth in 2018. Since importation of motor vehicles into Sri Lanka takes a significant portion of the total import bill of the country (3% in 2020), reduction in motor vehicle imports contributed largely to narrowing of the trade deficit. Accordingly, the trade deficit contracted notably by around USD 2 Bn in 2020 and this contraction was significantly contributed by the lowered motor vehicle imports during the year. The decline in motor vehicle imports resulted in loss of revenue to the government mainly due to fall in collection of excise duty and luxury tax. Due to the fall in imports, there was a 45% drop of motor vehicle new registrations. As such, total registrations of 2020, hit the lowest for the last decade and even lower than the registrations recorded in 2009, when the world experienced the global financial crisis.

To purchase a copy of the report (e-version), contact Saumya Amarasiriwardane, Senior Research Associate, Economic Intelligence Unit of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce on 011-55-888-83/ saumya@chamber.lk or online through the Business Publications section of the CCC website (www.chamber.lk).

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Sampath Bank commences restoration of 10th tank under ‘Wewata Jeewayak’ programme

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The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the restoration of the Athawetuna Wewa under Sampath Bank’s Wewata Jeewayak initiative being exchanged between G. K. S. Pushpakumara, Assistant Commissioner - Puttalam District, Department of Agrarian Development (left) and Ravindra Gunawardena, Regional Manager, Sampath Bank.

Continuing to empower rural communities across the nation, Sampath Bank embarked on the restoration of the Athawetuna Wewa in Divulwewa, Anamaduwa under its flagship community outreach initiative, Wewata Jeewayak, recently. This is the 10th tank (wewa) in the country to be restored under the programme.

This is yet another timely initiative by the Bank to support the nation and empower its farming communities to overcome the challenges brought about by the global COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild their lives.

The 20-acre Athawetuna Wewa is the primary source of irrigation for over 60 acres of paddy fields. It also plays a key role in animal husbandry and other livelihood development activities in the Divulwewa and neighbouring villages, serving over 500 people.

With no major maintenance work having been carried out for over 20 years, the Athawetuna Wewa’s bund has suffered considerable damage. Its waters have become shallow due to the accumulation of sludge. Its irrigation canal, sluice gates and spill too are in need of repairs. The current dilapidated state of the tank has limited paddy cultivation in the area to one season alone, thereby affecting the livelihoods of the entire community.

Sampath Bank will be working together with the Perakum Farmers Association (Perakum Govi Sanvidanaya); the Department of Agrarian Development, Puttalam District Office, Chilaw; and members of the local community to renovate the tank completely. Rituals were conducted to invoke blessings on the project and the community before members of the Farmers Association commenced work on it.

“At Sampath Bank, we have always appreciated the significance of tanks (wewa) built by our kings. Being instrumental in protecting the environment, they also enable farming and other economic activity in a sustainable manner. As a bank that takes great pride in our Sri Lankan roots, we seek to play an active role in restoring these invaluable treasures and have been working on restoring them through our ‘Wewata Jeewayak’ initiative. We have had the opportunity to transform the lives of thousands of families around the island through the programme,” said Nanda Fernando, Managing Director, Sampath Bank PLC. “It us our privilege to partner with the people of Divulwewa and the Department of Agrarian Development on the renovation of the Athawetuna Wewa. Projects such as this are part of our ongoing efforts to empower all Sri Lankans to reach their true potential as we continue to present their future.”

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