September 27, 2009

Sri Lanka Broadband Summit to Assess South Asian Revenue Models

A South Asian broadband communication conference and expo to be held in Sri Lanka in October with speakers from the global industry will focus on investing, and cost and revenue models in the fast growing region.

It will also cover how Next Generation Technology fits into the region, home to large clusters of outsourced back office services in financing, accounting, exports, and manufacturing, the organisers said in a statement.

The conference, organized by Technology Networking International (TNI) a USA-based firm, would bring together global equipment vendors, regional operators, service providers, regulatory agencies, channel partners, and corporate customers.

It will address the latest technology and regulatory developments,
business case studies and development plans of the main operators and internet service providers in the region.

The conference, to be held on October 6 and 7, 2009, will deal with broadband deployment in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

It will also focus on benchmarking which is important to establish the price levels in the region which are affordable by the customers but also profitable for the service providers, the statement said.

"That price/performance range will be the driver for the increase of broadband penetration rate (number of broadband customers as the fraction of population)."
Benchmarking is also needed to establish the quality levels that will be used as the basis for pricing and international exchange.

"Without established quality standards it is very difficult to establish meaningful pricing, as well to provide guaranties to the customers that they are getting what they are paying for. This is especially important for the business customers."



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