The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of SriLanka stated in its Press release that the Telecommunication, Television, Radio and ICT Services constitute vital resources for the economic and social development of Sri Lanka, and they need to be well utilized for the country’s advancement. The proper and efficient operation of the telecommunication network required to serve both national and international telecommunication needs would lead to greater benefits for telecom operators, other telecom parties and the customers.
Mr.Anusha Palpita, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Srilanka stated in this release that The Kokavil Tower, the largest and highest transmission Tower in Sri Lanka, is 174 meters in height. It was reconstructed at a cost of Rs.330 million under the Uthuru Wasanthaya Programme.
The experts have identified this Tower as the highest self-standing Transmission Tower in South Asia. The space of this Tower is to be utilized for installing telecommunication, television, radio and other government institutional facilities. This multi-functional Transmission Tower will be of help in removing problems associated with interference in telecommunication, television, radio, and information and communication technologies affecting the communities in the Northern Province. It is also expected that the Tower will provide adequate space and facilities for the use of the state and private media and telecommunication channels.one of the significant objectives of the Mahinda Chintanaya is the establishment of Sri Lanka as a Regional Hub for Asian telecommunication networks. The construction of the Kokavil Multi –functional Transmission Tower is an important milepost on the road to achieving this goal.
This Kokavil Transmission Tower has been utilized in the past to serve the radio broadcasting needs of the people in the region and the members of the security forces serving in the Northern Province. During the humanitarian operations of Sri Lanka’s armed forces, Government troops recaptured the Tower.
This Kokavil Multi - Functional Transmission Tower was re -built under the auspices of the Uthuru Wasanthaya Programme and under the direction of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka and the Mass Media and Information Ministry, with the Central Engineering consultancy Bureau playing a leading role in its restoration.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka wishes to gratefully acknowledge with thanks the valuable contributions and services rendered towards the re-construction of this Tower by Hon. Basil Rajapakse, President of the Uthuru Wasanthaya Executive Committee and Minister of Economic Development, Hon. Keheliya Rambukwella, the Minister of Mass Media and Information, the various institutions attached to the Ministry of Mass Media and Information, the services provided by the Ministry of Defence, the Sri Lanka Army and its Signals division.
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