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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 COLOMBO 000742
E.O 12958:N/A TAGS: ECPS ECON ETRD CE ECONOMICS SUBJECT: WI-FI SURVEY, SRI LANKA
REF: STATE 85946
1. Post response to reftel Wi-Fi survey request follows:
A) Has host country allocated unlicensed radio- frequency spectrum for use by Wi-Fi and similar wireless technologies or is it planning to do so? If so are there separate allocations for indoor and outdoor use? Alternatively, is host country planning to authorize Wi-Fi services as low-power devices without a specific radio-service allocation?
-- At the moment Wi-Fi is a licensed service and allowed in the 2.4GHz and 2.43GHz band. Sri Lanka has not allocated unlicensed radio frequency spectrum for Wi-Fi or any similar technologies.
-- Sri Lanka is planning to allocate the full 2.4GHz ISM band for indoor and part of 2.4GHz ISM band for outdoor use with certain power level restrictions in both categories.
-- Telecommunications authorities are exploring the possibility of making this license-exempt either for private or commercial use or both. But no decision has been made yet.
B) Can Wi-Fi systems be used without a license in host country? If licenses are required what briefly are the licensing procedures?
-- Presently, Wi-Fi systems cannot be used without a license. The applicant should forward an application form with the copy of specifications. If technical details are satisfactory, approval will be given and an annual license is issued upon the payment of a fee.
C) Can Wi-Fi systems be used for commercial purposes without a license?
D) Are there any commercial Wi-Fi networks that provide service to the public currently operating in host country?
E) Can post provide any examples of how Wi-Fi is currently being used in host country? We are particularly interested in developing country examples that demonstrate how Wi-Fi can be used to create digital opportunity and address social and economic challenges.
-- Currently, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission does not permit unlicensed operation in 2.4GHz band. License operators are permitted to use 802.2 lb equipment with 30 MHz slot from 2.4 GHz to 2.43 GHz on shared basis. The licensees fall into 3 groups.
-- 1. Four facility-based data operators are using this and other technologies to provide public (commercial) data services, primarily Internet access. The maximum allowable output power for this category is limited to 1 Watt. This is for longer distance outdoor applications.
-- 2. Four other large organizations are authorized to use the same 30Mhz band with a maximum power of 100mW. These users are permitted to use external antenna and allowed to transmit within their premises.
-- 3. Other small users are allowed to use this equipment within (the above mentioned) 30Mhz band with a maximum power of 100mW and are not permitted to use other antennas except the original equipment antennas.
F) We welcome whatever additional information about Wi-Fi related host country developments that post believes might be helpful. Such information could include: Is Wi-Fi in use in rural areas? If so how is "backhaul" connectivity provided to the Wi-Fi system (i.e., via satellite, DSL lines, cable TV networks)? Are there any longer distance (beyond 100 meters outdoors) Wi-Fi networks in use in-country? How many Wi-Fi units have been sold in host country? -- The usage in rural areas is very limited. The backhaul connectivity is normally through DSL lines. WILLS