When people don’t understand technology and investment decisions, silly mistakes are made

Posted on November 12, 2017  /  0 Comments

It was in 1998, almost 20 years ago, that I was invited to a meeting at the Urban Development Authority of Sri Lanka in my capacity as Director General of Telecommunications. They had identified a high point in the city of Colombo to locate ALL the cellular antenna towers and they wanted me to concur with their plans. I explained that the very concept of cells required multiple towers in multiple locations.

Twenty years later, the same ignorance is being displayed again. A Minister of the government is making speeches in Parliament about how all of Sri Lanka can be served by nine towers.

I was asked by the government TV channel to comment on the tower levy. I explained how impractical the proposal was. Old habits die hard in propaganda channels. Most of what I said did not actually make it to the news. But the days when government hacks can control the message are over.

It’s out in Twitter and Facebook to thousands:

And it will be out in detail in the papers from tomorrow.

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