Sri Lanka’s reconstructed communication tower in the North begins test transmissions

Apr 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) said the multipurpose transmission tower constructed in former rebel-controlled Kokawil of Mullaitivu District in Northern Province has commenced test transmissions.

The local media has reported that the tower is scheduled to be opened next month.

The tower, which is Sri Lanka’s first ever multi-channel broadcasting tower, will be allocated for the providers of services of high speed internet, radio, television, and telecommunications transmissions, as well as military communication operations.

Sri Lanka Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya also visited Kokawil in Kilinochchi and inspected the rebuilt transmission tower on Friday.

The LTTE rebels captured the original tower and used to broadcast their clandestine transmissions before blowing it up when Sri Lankan troops were approaching in 2009.

Kokavil tower, the largest and the highest transmission tower in Sri Lanka is 175 meters in height. Around 350 million rupees have been spent for the construction of the tower.

Sri Lanka Telecommunication Regulatory Commission expects to provide space for state and private media and telecommunication channels transmission space through this tower.

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