Has high regional download speed of 127 MBPS:
Dialog Axiata in another South Asian regional first
Sri Lanka’s flageship telecommunications operator with the largest
subscriber base - Dialog Axiata PLC - on Saturday created regional
history when it became the first South Asian corporate to roll out the
4th Generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) pilot network.
The local blue chip also repeated history after being the first South
Asian corporate to launch the 3G technology in 2006.
The highlight of Dialog Axiata is that it is the first South Asian
corporate to have the supporting infrastructure to implement the test
runs for LTE technology.
The pilot network was switched on by Telecommunications Regulatory
Commission of Sri Lanka Director General Anusha Pelpita. Download speeds
were displayed on the screen while streaming high quality videos over
the Internet with download speeds of 127 megabytes per second achieved,
the highest in the region.
While the network had 127 MBPS indoors, outdoor speeds reached up to
in relatively lighter vein, Pelpita also engaged in a high definition
motor racing game played on the internet against Dialog Axiata’s Chief
Operating Officer Supun Weerasinghe.
Dialog has commenced it as a pilot project in five zones within the
city of Colombo - Fort, Slave Island, Colpetty, Bambalapitiya and
Narahenpita. “We have deployed over 10 base stations as we have coverage
in the Colombo city, but though it is not continuous, but outdoor
coverage gives a speed of between 30 and 50 megabytes and we have tested
it in the streets of these zones,” he said.
Pelpita, in his brief opening remarks at the launch, congratulated
Dialog on embarking on a bold initiative on setting up a pilot LTE
project. He said that Sri Lanka had been consistently at the helm of
introducing technology in the region.
The TRCSL is proud to note the achievement of the operators. Sri
Lanka is proud about the achievements of the mobile sector in delivering
mobile voice and broad band services to the Sri Lankan consumers at a
very affordable basis which has driven the penetration of voice services
close to 80 percent of the broadband services which are enjoying rapid
growth. Dialog’s initiative to set up the Pilot LTE Network and
introducing the next generation of broadband technology to the Sri
Lankan market will no doubt add further impetus towards the achievement
of the government’s objective of making quality broadband services
available to all citizens, he said.
Dialog’s pilot LTE network has been built in partnership with Huawei
Technologies of China and will be used as a platform for the
demonstration of LTE capabilities in an urban environment. Consumers are
invited to experience the ultra-fast data speeds delivered via LTE
technology at Dialog’s Future World (at Darley Road). The network also
provides outdoor coverage across key zones across Colombo Fort, Colombo
2, 3 and 4 and Narahenpita.
In line with its promise to deliver The Future Today, Dialog was the
first to roll out a commercial 3G network in South Asia in 2006, and has
since advanced its high speed mobile broadband services through the
introduction of HSPA and HSPA+ technology evolutions delivering peak
speeds of up to 42 MBps.
Dialog’s High Speed Mobile Broadband services are available across
all key towns and cities and have succeeded in empowering consumers from
all provinces with affordable broadband services.
Commenting on the company’s initiative to implement a 4G pilot
network, Dialg Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Hans Wijayasuriya
said, “Dialog is proud to have the opportunity of carrying out an LTE
trial in Colombo city.
Technology life cycles are shrinking with each successive generation
of technology and we are committed to make our network infrastructure
compatible with the very latest technology and to provide our customers
with network capability on par with the most developed markets in the
The progressive policies of the TRCSL have enabled Sri Lanka to lead
the region in this respect. LTE implementations are still in a nascent
stage in most markets with terminal (dongle) availability being
However, as we have seen in the case of 2G as well as 3G-HSPA,
terminal availability cycles are accelerating and there is no doubt that
LTE will be a fore-runner among high speed broadband technologies in the
years to come.
Dialog will build on the learning from the pilot network, to leverage
the strengths of LTE technology towards making the 4th generation
broadband services available and affordable to our customers from across
all parts of Sri Lanka.”