Abhaya Induruwa

2014 Internet Hall of Fame Interviews: Abhaya Induruwa

in Internet Hall of Fame 2014

Having got the mon­ey, the next chal­lenge was to some­how get the only tele­com provider at the time in the coun­try, Sri Lanka Telecom, to set up the net­work com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels. So with a kind of per­sua­sion I was able to get three 64 kilo­bits per sec­ond wire­less links to con­nect my uni­ver­si­ty, University of Moratuwa, to two oth­er uni­ver­si­ties, one in Colombo, University of Colombo, and Open University. And in 1994 we set up the first IP ran in the country. 

Abhaya Induruwa’s Internet Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Speech

in Internet Hall of Fame 2014

Imagine a word before the World Wide Web. Imagine a time before you had smart­phones. And imag­ine a life where you had to live at X.25. And this was the time I was dream­ing of a research aca­d­e­m­ic net­work for the Sri Lankan aca­d­e­m­ic community.