It was announced this week by the Prime Minister that 26 parts of the country have been turned into free Wi-Fi zones. Epic news. These zones are spread out in Colombo, Kandy, Matara, Galle, Jaffna, Ratnapura, Polannaruwa and Hambantota. Here's a breakdown of where exactly.
We went to a hotspot at Colombo Racecourse to see how it works. First, each area has a hotspot run by someone else - in this case Dialog. So we had to look for 'Free Wi-Fi Dialog'
Once you're in it's pretty slow - about 0.5 Megabits per second, compared to 10 Megabits per second on our office Dialog 4G line. This speed, however, is enough for email and some basic web browsing. It's not good for video.
In the Fort area, there's free Wi-Fi at Galle Face Green, the Floating Market in Pettah, the Dutch Hospital (three places whose frequent large crowds are going to be very grateful), the private and public Pettah bus stations, the Fort railway station, and the Sri Lankan Police Headquarters.
The Law College in Hulftsdorp also has free access.
In Colombo 7, the the Colombo Racecourse (yay), the Colombo Public Library and the National Museum have Wi-Fi.
Battaramulla and Dehiwala also have a free Wi-Fi zone each - at the Dehiwala Zoo, and for some reason at the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment.
So this is as godayata-magic as it gets. First the highways and new malls, and now this - here's to more pleasant surprises in the future and to hoping these zones have a good internet speed.
Excellent rice and noodles made from a wok and served in a box, literally.
Countries that let you in without a fuss with your Lankan passport
Post-lockdown high tea seshs in Colombo.
Nelum Kole is a rice-and-curry kade in Boralesgamuwa that provides a convenient and cost-effective lunch spread.
A restaurant down W.A Silva Mawatha, specialised in Indian and Sri Lankanised Chinese fare.