To set-up an internet connection, Sri Lanka has over 15 service providers to choose from. You need to be over 18 years of age, show a proof of residence and a copy of your passport, with a valid visa.
Certain combination packages work out to be value for money, as they secure an Internet connection plus TV. Hence, shopping around might be needed to get what you are looking for.
In case you do not need too much Internet connectivity, you could opt for a dongle or use mobile Internet. Then, again, you can always access Internet facilities at the Internet café nearest to you!
Television broadcasting began in the late 1970s in Sri Lanka. Today, besides a state-owned television station, several private broadcasters have come in. There are programmes in Sinhala, Tamil and English.
The option of cable TV/satellite TV and pay per view channels also exists in Sri Lanka. In fact, there are several illegal cable operators providing services to subscribers. For comparing rates and looking at options, do look at:
Internet cafes and communication hubs are readily accessible in Sri Lankan cities at short distances. These offer the use of Internet on an hourly basis. They also provide a head-set. Costs are low.
WiFi is called just that –WiFi! And, there is availability of free WiFi across Sri Lanka in 26 parts of the country including Colombo, Kandy, Matara, Galle, Jaffna, Ratnapura, Polannaruwa and Hambantota. It is fairly slow, but works.
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