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Steps to ensure low-cost 24/7 electricity on both sides of the Palk Strait

In all network industries,the core problem is the peak. Peak is what drives investment and costs. But in Sri Lanka, even the valley is becoming a problem. The law of physics require every electron that is produced and distributed over the grid to be also consumed. We lack adequate demand in the middle of the […]

2014 Common Alerting Protocol Implementation Workshop

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2014 Common Alerting Protocol Implementation Workshop kicked off yesterday (17 June 2014) at the Jetwing Beach Hotel,Negombo, Sri Lanka. Mrs S.M. Mohamed,the Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management participated in the inauguration of the 2014 CAP Implementation Workshop. Ms Megan Foster, Charge d’affaires of High Commission of Canada, Mr Lalith Chandrapala, the Director General, […]

More coverage for research on app economy

The research conducted by Rajat Kathuria and Sugandha Srivastav continues to generate more publicity. Indians are falling in love with mobile apps. The average smartphone user in the country has 17 apps, says a recent study released by Google Mobile Planet. The number is close to the global average of 25 (South Korea leads with […]

Prepaid for electricity in Sri Lanka

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Would the prepaid model used for mobile phones services, do well in electricity? Will it benefit the poor? How will it benefit? Would it benefit CEB and LECO? Rohan Samarajiva is giving insight and answers to all these questions in  these articles here (in English) and here (Sinhala) Every month CEB and LECO produce and distribute close to five million […]

LIRNEasia Research Manager at CPR LATAM Conference in Bogota and 3rd Conference on Regulation of Infrastructures in Florence

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LIRNEasia Research Manager Roshanthi Lucas Gunaratne presented the National Broadband Initiatives of India, Malaysia and Indonesia during the International Broadband Round table session at the CPR LATAM (http://www.cprlatam.org/) in Bogota on 30th May 2014. The purpose of this conference was to bring together scholars, members from the private sector and regulators to learn from the studies and […]

Indian media coverage for research on improving electricity customer experience using ICTs

It was not the best time to disseminate research results in New Delhi, with the news media preoccupied with the accession of power by the new government. But, as Helani Galpaya said in her introductory comments at the media event, one has to get back to governance at some point. The first news report that […]

Take a taxi and pay with your credit card

It appears users of Kangaroo cabs don’t need to worry about having enough cash in their wallets.  At least, with a credit card they don’t need to worry about cash.  Starting this month, users are able to pay taxi-fare using a credit card. The taxi driver will swipe the passenger’s credit card on a small […]

Tutorials at CPRsouth8/CPRafrica2013

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Young scholars from Africa and Asia attended the tutorials that was held at the Infosys Campus, Mysore India. The group consisted of entry level regulatory officers, officers from private sector, students and researchers. They represented 16 countries from the south. The tutorials were taught by Rohan Samarajiva, PhD on the use of supply side data, evidence […]

Dimuthu Ratnadiwakara leaves to commence PhD in Finance

Dimuthu was a computer science graduate from University of Peradeniya who came to us to learn economics. Learned a lot and made a massive contribution. Left after a few years; started his own company and all that. Next week he leaves for Houston with his family to start a Finance PhD. We’ve had people go […]

Money on mobile phones, in Sri Lanka

LIRNEasia has always been vocal on Mobile Payment/Mobile money. Under the research theme Mobile 2.0 we looked at both horizontal (Telco and regulations)  and vertical (m-payments) aspects of mobile money. In 2009 facilitated by LINREasia, LIRNEasia‘s then Senior Policy Fellow Muhammad Aslam Hayat, wrote on the possibilities of having mobile money in Sri Lanka.  Dialog, after many years of […]

Roaming tariff ‘no more’ in Europe

First they had a uniform tariff for roaming. And now they announced to get rid of roaming charges altogether. Roaming fees for voice calls, texts and internet access will be a thing of the past across Europe from 2014, after European politicians voted to fast-track reforms of the European telecoms market. The European Commission — a group […]

Call for paper proposals: CPRsouth8/ CPRafrica 2013 [Deadline extended to 15 February 2013]

CPRsouth is LIRNEasia‘s capacity and field-building program to develop an Asia-Pacific knowledge network on ICT policy regulation.  Through the annual conference CPRsouth provides a forum for policy-engaged scholars to meet face-to-face to exchange ideas, network and improve the quality of their scholarly work. See below for more details of the conference. CPRsouth8/ CPRafrica 2013 Innovation & […]

Sahana software ensures hot meals delivered to Hurricane Sandy victims

“Sahana software is being used to support the collection and fulfilment of requests for assistance and volunteers from the neighborhoods hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy: the Rockaways in Queens, Coney Island and Red Hook in Brooklyn, Staten Island and communities along the New Jersey coast. Sahana allows organizations to more effectively prioritize and dispatch resources […]

Government and Internet

Rohan Samarajiva regularly writes in the Lanka Business Online Choices column. In this weeks’ article by bringing examples of recent Internet hypes (Bill Clinton’s speech on Barack Obama) he talks about  the government, Internet and the control over the content. Once the governments get involved, there will have to be controlled gateways, like they have in Bangladesh. Will the government […]

“Economic Strategies for Sri Lanka” Book Launch

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“Economic Strategies for Sri Lanka”, a book written in Sinhala, co-authored by LIRNEasia Chair and CEO, Rohan Samarajiva and  C.J. Amaratunga was launched at BCIS, Colombo on the 6th of September 2012. The keynote was delivered by former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, W.A. Wijewardena. Tissa Seneviratne, Vice Chairman of Ceylon National Chamber […]

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