Recent reports from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), show that Sri Lanka’s digital sector has recorded a steady growth, following projects launched by the government; aimed at advancing the digital infrastructure of the Sri Lankan economy.
A 30.7% was recorded with regards to internet connections, of which prominent services include: the Lanka Government Network (LGN) and the Lanka Government Cloud (LGC), operated by the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka. Both networks have been identified as National Information and Communication Technology Digital Infrastructure System of the Sri Lankan Government.
The LGN network will soon be advanced to connect all government agencies, through a single computer. All information including files, e-mail services and other electronic content of each institution will be synced to the main database, which will be made available to the government officials, with some information being made available to the public. For this purpose a wide area network (WAN) will be used to link 3500 government agencies.
Under the first phase of this project, 860 government agencies have already been linked together, using the Lanka Government Network (LGN). Such agencies include
- the Presidential Secretariat
- the Prime Minister’s Office
- the Office of the Cabinet of Ministers
- Ministries including 49 State Ministries, 191 Departments, Department Branches and Affiliates
- 167 Provincial Councils ,Local Government Institutions and their affiliates.
- 47 Statutory Boards and their branches
- 25 District Secretariats
- 331 Divisional Secretariats
- 46 Government Hospitals
The following facilities have also been made available:
- government officers will be able to connect to their workplace from any other government institution–synced to the Lanka Government Network (LGN), enabling an efficient service to the public.
- Lanka Government Cloud (LGC) has provided facilities to 150 government agencies, to maintain their digital services. More Than 500 websites and more than 175 different digital services have been launched for public services.
- 1400 Free Wi-Fi hotspots have been set up in public places for free access to the Internet.