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Dialog Axiata Trials 5G for the First Time in South Asia

Sri Lanka yet again showcased its dominance as the regional hub for telecommunications with Dialog Axiata demonstrating 5G (Generation) Technology for the first time in South Asia, paving the way for next generation wireless connectivity with speeds in excess of 35 Gbps (Gigabits Per Second).

The ground-breaking 5G technology capability trial was carried out by Dialog Axiata with technology partners Ericsson and Huawei at the Dialog Iconic in Colombo, in the presence of Mr. Austin Fernando, Secretary to the President and Chairman of Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, Mr. Dumindra Ratnayaka, Chairman of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka and Mr. M. Kingsly Fernando, Actg. Director General of Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka.The demonstration established the capabilities of 5G technology to deliver throughputs in excess of 35 Gbps on the 5G Radio (Air) Interface, setting a solid foundation for the future evolution of the nation’s Broadband connectivity to a technology generation well ahead of South Asia.

During the demonstration, invitees were guided through 5G technology solutions including, Massive MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output),cloud radio and included futuristic technology applications such as IoT (Internet of Things) based smart parking, Real time 4K video streaming, Industry automation and augmented reality using robots and demonstrations on Digital Business Solutions.

5G connectivity offers ultra-low latency, which will enable major breakthroughs in areas such as robotics, remote surgery, autonomous transport and next generation entertainment.

Dialog Broadband in June this year commercially launched 4.5G technology establishing yet another milestone in the region’s broadband technology landscape featuring download speeds in excess of 1Gbps.

In April 2013, Dialog secured the distinction of becoming the first service provider in South Asia to commence commercial operations of mobile 4G-LTE services, having previously introduced 3G to the region as far back as 2006. Dialog’s 4G-LTE networks have since evolved to deliver burst speeds up to 100 Mbps (Megabits Per Second).

“As Sri Lanka’s leading telecommunications provider, we are excited to conduct the first demonstration of mobile 5G Technology in Sri Lanka. As espoused in our signature, The Future. Today., Dialog is committed towards delivering the very latest in technology and connectivity to Sri Lankans and this 5G trial is a yet another milestone in our journey towards  offering Gigabit speeds with near zero latency that will deliver next generation Broadband and enable industrial applications such as autonomous manufacturing and robotics,” Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive, Dialog Axiata PLC said.

About Dialog Axiata Group

Dialog Axiata Group, a subsidiary of Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata), operates Sri Lanka’s Leading Quad-Play Connectivity Provider. Dialog Axiata Plc, listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange, supplements its market leading position in the Mobile Telecommunications sector with a robust footprint and market presence in Sri Lanka’s Fixed Telecommunications and Digital Television markets through its fully owned subsidiaries Dialog Broadband Networks (Private) Ltd (DBN) and Dialog Television (Private) Ltd., (DTV). Dialog Axiata Group is Sri Lanka's largest Foreign Direct Investor (FDI) with investments totalling over USD 2.1Billion.

A winner of six Global Mobile Awards, Dialog has the distinction of being voted by Sri Lankan Consumers as the Telecom Service Provider of the Year for six years in succession at the SLIM-Nielsen People's Choice Awards. Dialog was also voted by Sri Lankan consumers as the Internet Service Provider of the Year, and has topped Sri Lanka’s Corporate Accountability rankings for the past six years in succession and is an ISO 9001 certified company. The Company has received numerous local and international awards including the National Quality Award and Sri Lanka Business Excellence Award.

Dialog has been at the forefront of innovation in the mobile industry in Sri Lanka since the late 90’s, propelling the nation’s mobile telephony infrastructure to a level of advancement on par with the developed world. The company delivers advanced mobile telephony and high speed mobile broadband services to a subscriber base in excess of 11.8 Million Sri Lankans, via 2.5G and 3G/3.5G and 4G networks.  

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