Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sustainability of Telecentres

Note: My intention is not to promote any product, brand or company, but to promote sustainability of Telecentres.

On my way to Hambantota (A district in the deep south of Sri Lanka), I could see many Telecentres (Nenasalas). Out of those Telecentres some of them were with billboard as shown in the above image. Some others, which did not have those kinds of billboards, were closed and not operational.

I don’t try to come to the conclusion that those were closed simply because they did not have billboards provided by a private company.

But those billboards show us how far they have got integrated with other systems, for their own sustainability. Most of the Telecentres initiated with public funds or with funding from development organizations could be sustained through the involvement of the private sector.

Fortunately in Sri Lanka, the macro level policy decisions also have contributed towards the sustainability. Making a competitive environment within the telecommunication industry, adoption of new technologies such as Wi-MAX and HSPA are favorable for sustainability of Telecentres.



  1. Telecentres cannot work in a vacuum. They have to take the parallel developments in the telecom field. Most of the South Asian societies now undergo so far unprecedented expansion in mobile services. Telecenters should find how they can benefit from the synergy. This is the time the private sector should be brought to the equation.

  2. Point weltaken. Telecentres can sustain on an 'eco-system' where services can be offered from variety of third parties. What you have seen perhaps are the entrepreneurial nanasala operators who had taken initiative to identify such third parties and negotiated business models.

    Successful telecentre networks have core support organizations who broaker such partnerships. Telecentre Family (TCF) does little bit of that, but not sufficient.

    It would be useful to surface these others can learn and follow.

  3. visit the following link to read more on - eco-system approach to sustainability>>>

  4. Agree with you Chanuka, this is the high time private sector should join the mission.


  5. Harsha/Sarvodaya-UK


    the 'eco-system' to be created bit faster.


  6. though the cost is lesser, my quality is poor