South Asia's First Mobile LTE-FD 4G Service in Colombo:
DIALOG LAUNCHES FIRST MOBILE 4G-LTE SERVICE
Dialog Axiata PLC announced yesterday, the Launch of Sri Lanka's
First Commercial Mobile 4G-LTE service. The announcement of launch of
commercial services commencing with the City of Colombo follows close on
the company securing of a 10 MHz tranche of 1800 MHz LTE Spectrum
auctioned by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka.
The launch of Mobile 4G LTE services will supplement Dialog's 3G HSPA+
High Speed Mobile Internet services, and records a regional first for
Sri Lanka, as South Asia's First Mobile FD-LTE service.
Mobile users can now obtain a 4G SIM card from any Dialog Service
Centre, and can thereby extend their 3G HSPA+ High Speed Mobile
Broadband experience to next generation services within Dialog's LTE
coverage areas. Dialog's Mobile 4G-LTE coverage will be available in the
city of Colombo at launch, and will be expanded to other major cities
and towns across Sri Lanka going forward.
Dialog's 4G Mobile network is based on FD-LTE technology, and will
deliver peak data speeds extending to over 50 Mbps on FD-LTE 1800 MHz
band 3 compatible mobile devices. Some of the Mobile devices that are
compatible with Dialog's LTE network include, Samsung Note II LTE,
GT-N7105, Samsung SIII, LTE, LG Optimus LTE, Sony Xperia V LTE and the
Huawei Ascend P1 LTE.
In addition to LTE compatible Smart Phones and tablets, the LTE
network can be accessed via compatible dongles such as the Huawei E398U.
Dialog will market the Huawei E 398U via its service centres at a
price of Rs 16,000, and will expand its device portfolio to include the
Huawei E3276S dongle during the course of April 2013.
Sharing his views on the launch of Sri Lanka's First Mobile 4G LTE
Service, Group Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata PLC Dr. Hans
Wijayasuriya said, "It is indeed an honour and privilege to lead Sri
Lanka's mobile industry in to the 4G era with the launch of Dialog's 4G
Mobile service in the city of Colombo."
The progressive spectrum management policies of the
Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka has once again
ensured that Sri Lankan consumers will enjoy the region's most advanced
suite of Mobile, Fixed and Nomadic 4G LTE Services. Dialog will continue
to invest aggressively in building a world class portfolio of Broadband
Services for our customers based on Mobile and Fixed LTE, 3G HSPA+,
Wi-Fi and Fibre Optic Connectivity. "We are singularly committed to
supporting the Government of Sri Lanka in its vision of empowering all
Sri Lankan citizens with broadband connectivity, and accordingly we will
ensure that our broadband services are available across Sri Lanka and
affordable to all".
Dialog's fully owned subsidiary Dialog Broadband Networks (DBN)
launched Sri Lanka's first Fixed 4G-LTE service in December 2012 based
on TD-LTE technology operating in the 2300 MHz Band. The pioneering 4G
services extends High Speed Fixed Broadband services to Sri Lankan homes
Dialog Axiata PLC, a subsidiary of Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata),
operates Sri Lanka's largest and fastest growing mobile
telecommunications network. The Company is also one of the largest
listed companies on the Colombo Stock Exchange in terms of market