Dialog poised to deliver CDMA technology
Following the record US $ 300 m investment in telecom
Mobile phones: Sri Lanka's premier mobile phone service
provider, Dialog Telekom Limited is soon to commence the provision of
fixed telephony services based Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA),
technology to the country, sources said.
A fully owned subsidiary of Dialog Telekom Limited, Dialog Broadband
Networks Limited (DBN) will offer the CDMA, service in a few weeks time,
which is also licensed by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of
Sri Lanka, Dialog, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya said.
"There was a spectrum delay to introduce CDMA service to the country
and now it had been cleared to provide CDMA phones to the market," Dr
Wijayasuriya said at the signing of the Board of Investment (BoI)
agreement with Dialog Telecom to invest US$ 300 million for
telecommunication infrastructure projects.
These investment agreements were signed under the patronage of the
Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion, Dr. Sarath
Amunugama. The Investment agreements were signed by the Chairman of
Dialog Telekom Limited, Tan Sri Dato'Ir Muhammad Radzi bin Haji Mansor
and Chairman, BoI, Dhammika Perera.
This Rs. 33 billion (US$ 300 million) investment would be for the Sri
Lanka's largest telecommunication infrastructure investment, targeted at
large scale expansion of services across all regions of the country.
This associated infrastructure investment would include expansion of
the company's GSM and 3G mobile networks. A substantial portion of the
total investment pledged by the Dialog Group will also be directed at
fixed line telephony and Broadband services via Dialog Broadband
Networks (Pvt) and Digital Television Broadcast services via Asset Media
(Pvt) Ltd., respectively.
The investment in DBN will be directed towards the growth of CDMA
based Rural Fixed Telecommunication infrastructure developments as well,
Dr. Wijayasuriya said. It will also introduce state-of-the-art Value
Added Services and the establishment of broadband transmission network
across the island based on Fibre Optic and Microwave transmission
The company will also make substantial investments in the provision
of international Bandwith to Sri Lanka's ICT sector via the SeMeWe4
Chairman Dialog Telekom Limited, Tan Sri Dato'Ir Muhammad Radzi bin
Haji Mansor said that this US$ 300 million investment brings Dialog's
total commitment of the telecom sector in Sri Lanka to over US$ 800
million and emphasized their commitment to and confidence in the Sri
"We are grateful to the investor friendly policies of the Sri Lankan
Government and consider Sri Lanka to be one of our most compelling
success stories outside Malaysia," Tan Sri Dato' Ir Muhammad Radzi said.
He said that as South Asia's first quadruple player, Dialog Telekom
has already delivered impressive results, and with this additional
investment they intend to fulfill their objective of playing an even
bigger role in not just the country's telecommunication landscape but
also in terms of the delivery of the state-of-the-art ICT and Digital TV
services, he said.
Minister Amunugama said that more than 30 per cent of the population
owns some kind of telephone. Therefore it has a lot of room for
development covering all wider segments of the population.
He said that public/private sector partnerships in telecommunication
had improved remarkably during the last few years.
The subscriber network of the telecommunications sector grew by 59
per cent in 2006 following the 44 per cent growth in 2005, benefiting
from the introduction of the new technology.
The fixed access network grew by 52 per cent largely due to expansion
in the wireless network with CDMA technology. Rapid expansion of mobile
networks and CDMA based wireless networks in rural areas helped to
reduce the urban, rural telecommunication disparity.