There were no press invitations/news releases for our event on March 18, as we were only releasing preliminary data. LBO was perhaps the only media interested. Their report was not hundred percent correct saying the SLT (2M/512k) speeds were slower compared to comparable Dialog Broadband package always (They showed more or less on par performances in Dec 2007) but sans that see them presenting a fairly accurate picture .
Sri Lanka’s internet access quality through broadband within the local boundary is above regional thresholds but sparse local content drives users to access overseas sites at slower speeds, researchers said. The local speeds within Sri Lanka is comparatively higher to what users experience when accessing international web sites, web pages or servers that are located overseas.
“We (Sri Lanka) have very poor local content, we always go international and majority of users access international content and [we have] less mirror sites,” Nimal Maddumage from Sri Lanka Telecom Broadband said.
The lesser local content and mirror sites drive users overseas and the quality of service drops when traffic is increased creating a bottleneck scenario at points where the local path connects to the World Wide Web. Mirror sites are internet copies of the same site located in different geographic areas allowing users to choose the site closest to them to lessen internet traffic and access time.