Sri Lanka celebrates 20 years since being connected to the Internet

Sri Lanka celebrates 20 years since being connected to the Internet

21 August 2015

University academic, also known as the 'Father' of the Internet in Sri Lanka, Dr Abhaya Induruwa, has spoken in Colombo, Sri Lanka, at the event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the country obtaining a dedicated connection to the Internet.

To mark the historic milestone, the Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter organised the event, 20 Years of Internet in Sri Lanka, to look back at the achievements which established the Internet and to honour the pioneers who contributed to make the connection a reality.

Sri Lanka celebrates 20 years since being connected to the Internet

Dr Induruwa receiving his award from Chitranganie Mubarak, Chairperson of the ICT Agency Sri Lanka

As one of the pioneers, Dr Induruwa, Principal Lecturer in Computing at Canterbury Christ Church University, outlined how he proposed to set-up the Lanka Experimental Academic and Research Network (LEARN), articulating his vision for an island-wide computer network for academics and researchers. It was this project which led to Sri Lanka officially connecting to the world via the Internet in 1995.

Dr Induruwa said: “LEARN, being the first ever IP WAN (Wide Area Network) in Sri Lanka, served as a technology test-bed and a launching pad for the future Internet.  Without LEARN, and the dedication of people whose contributions were recognised during the anniversary event, proliferation of Internet within Sri Lanka might have taken much longer.”

Last year, Dr Induruwa was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievements, which changed the lives of people living in Sri Lanka and paved the way to establishing commercial Internet services across the country.

To read more about Dr Induruwa’s induction into the Internet Hall of Fame and to watch his acceptance speech at the ceremony in Hong Kong, visit the news pages.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 97% of our UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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