I went and climbed a really tall thing and it was great. Specifically, Ushani Kannangara of Suntel was kind enough to show me a Base Station in Horana. I got some more in-depth info for an article in iTimes, this is mostly photos. Suntel now reaches over 80% of Sri Lanka with CDMA (wireless) phones. This means a lot of people in underserved rural areas can talk to each other or family in the Middle East or doctors or whatever. Suntel is also making money serving new customers in the region, so the expansion is sustainable. Their network of 155 base stations is the hard groundwork for future expansion, which to me means Internet. I saw this 70 meter tower in Horana and they let me climb it which was really cool. It takes like 5 minutes to climb that high and I was really tired, but the view was beautiful. Also got a lot of parallax photos.
Writing it up, but here’s a Photo Gallery.
The view up
My other hand was shaking
50 Meters Up
70 Meters Up
Me at the Top
CDMA voices go to thru this cable
Cable going into ‘switchboard’, left is voices in, right is voices out