16th October 2017, Colombo
Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier telecommunication services provider, unveils yet another cutting-edge technology solution with its foray into Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT). The first to launch the technology in South Asia, NB-IoT is a narrowband radio technology specially designed to enable seamless connectivity amongst devices using Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology. NB-IoT is activated on Dialog’s network island wide through a software upgrade to existing 4G base stations, allowing consumers to utilise the benefits of IoT.
The introduction of NB-IoT to market, increases the adoption of emerging IoT technology and other related devices. Operating in a licensed and regulated spectrum, NB-IoT is less susceptible to interference and enables secure and reliable communication. It was introduced as an enhancement to the 4G LTE network standard in June 2016, and has several key enhancements for connecting billions of devices to the internet using existing LTE infrastructure. Key features of the technology include longer battery life for devices, unified coverage, secure connectivity, high reliability and easy deployment into existing cellular network architecture.
The foundation stone laying ceremony of the proposed ‘Seneha Siyapatha Gammanaya’ at Ehaliyagoda, Rathnapura, initiated by Sri Lanka’s premier telecommunication services provider, Dialog Axiata PLC, was held under the auspices of Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa MP, Minister of Disaster Management.
Hon. John Senevirathne MP, Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations, Hon. Dunesh Gankanda MP, Deputy Minister of Disaster Management, Hon. Karunarathna Paranawithana MP, Deputy Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, Amali Nanayakkara, Group Chief Marketing Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC, Malani Lokupothagama, District Secretary Rathnapura, R.H.S. Disanayake Divisional Secretary, Eheliyagoda, representatives from the Ministry of Defense, representatives from the Sri Lankan Navy, representatives from the Sri Lankan Air Force also graced the foundation stone laying ceremony as special invitees.
Colombo, August 22, 2017
Mr. Asanga Priyadarshana, Head of Business - Mobile Telecommunications, Dialog Axiata PLC, Mr. Michael Macdonald, Chief Technical Officer, Huawei South Asia Region, Mr. Shunli Wang, CEO Huawei Lanka, Mr. M. Kingsly Fernando, Actg. Director General of Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, Mr. Supun Weerasinghe, Director/Group Chief Executive, Dialog Axiata PLC , Mr. Austin Fernando, Secretary to the President and Chairman of Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, Mr. Todd Ashton, President Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Mr. Vinod Samarawickrama, Country Manager Ericsson Sri Lanka & Maldives, Mr. Pradeep De Almeida, Group Chief Technology Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC
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 in partnership with 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.
August 22, 2017, Colombo
Licensed Telecommunications Operators announced that all mobile and fixed line subscribers will be granted a 10% bonus usage on Internet Packages/cards as a special gesture to mark the removal of Telco Levy by the Government.
Operators in a joint statement said that the removal of the Telco Levy on internet by the government is a forward looking move towards improving affordability and creation of a digital Sri Lanka.
21st August 2017, Colombo
The foundation stone laying ceremony of the proposed ‘Seneha Siyapatha Gammanaya’ at Kotapola, Matara District, initiated by Sri Lanka’s premier telecommunication services provider, Dialog Axiata PLC, was held under the auspices of Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe MP, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
Hon. Sagala Ratnayaka MP, Minister of Law and Order & Southern Development, Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive, Dialog Axiata PLC, W.A. Kulasuriya – Additional Secretary (Administration), Ministry of Defence, Kavan Ratnayaka, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Amali Nanayakkara, Group Chief Marketing Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC, Champika Wijesuriya, Media Secretary Ministry of Disaster Management Ministry, G. Amarasinghe – Divisional Secretary, Kotapola and Brigadier A M S D Atapattu, Commanding Officer, 58th Division, Sri Laka Army also graced the foundation stone laying ceremony as special invitees.
09th August 2017. Colombo.
Dialog Axiata PLC announced its consolidated financial results for the six months ended 30th June 2017. Financial results included those of Dialog Axiata PLC (the ‘Company’) and of the Dialog Axiata Group (the ‘Group’) post-consolidation with subsidiaries Dialog Broadband Networks (Pvt) Ltd (‘DBN’), Dialog Television (Pvt) Ltd (‘DTV’) and Digital Holdings Lanka (Pvt) Ltd (‘DHL’).
The Group concluded the 1st Half of 2017 on a strong note, continuing its growth momentum across Mobile, Fixed Line and Tele-infrastructure businesses to record a consolidated Revenue of Rs23.0Bn for Q2 2017 and Rs45.2Bn for 1H 2017, demonstrating a growth of 4% Quarter on Quarter (‘QoQ’) and 7% Year to Date (‘YTD’). Downstream of Revenue, Group EBITDA (‘Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation’) recorded a growth of 13% QoQ and 9% YTD to reach Rs8.1Bn for Q2 2017 and Rs15.4Bn for 1H 2017 respectively. The growth was achieved on the back of concerted efforts to drive revenue growth and aggressive cost rescaling initiatives. The Group EBITDA margin accordingly improved to 34% in 1H 2017.
Tuesday 4th July 2017, Colombo:
Dialog Axiata PLC recently announced the launch of Car Connect, an advanced Vehicle On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) device and smartphone app providing vehicle performance and driving diagnostics. Car Connect is to be one of the many revolutionary solutions introduced under Dialog Smartlife, the digital lifestyle and Internet of Things (IoT) platform of Dialog. Car Connect differentiates itself from other GPS providers by offering a wider range of services than just location based information. It is a cloud based diagnostic platform that offers vehicle owners feedback on the status of their vehicles; allowing users to make sense of all the data generated by their vehicles such as vehicle health, driving habits assistance, engine performance, fuel economy, trip analytics and many more.
Friday 7th July 2017, Colombo:
Dialog Axiata Group, announced Friday 7th July, the commissioning of Sri Lanka’s first Tier III certified Data Centre and Media Hub. Dialog, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider and a leader in the provision of world class Enterprise Solutions was recently awarded a TIER III Constructed Facility Certification (TCCF) from the UPTIME Institute for its state of the art Data Centre infrastructure located at Malabe.
The Tier III certified Data Centre and Media Hub that houses a state-of-the-art Satellite Earth Station was launched by Hon. Harin Fernando MP, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure and Tan Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim - Managing Director/President & Group Chief Executive Officer of Axiata Group Berhad.
Dialog’s TIER III Data Centre will going forward extend the very latest in hosting and co-location services alongside a suite of Cloud services to Sri Lanka’s Enterprise and Government sectors. The Tier III certified Data Centre is expected to significantly enhance the Sri Lanka’s Digital Infrastructure by aligning the country’s hosting and colocation facilities to Global TIER III standards.
In partnership with Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Disaster Management.
Sunday 28th May 2017, Colombo
Dialog Axiata extending its successful flood relief program in 2016, where Dialog customers donated Rs. 15 million and Dialog added a further Rs. 50 million towards helping those affected by floods and landslides, invites yet again it's valued subscribers to contribute towards helping our fellow Sri Lankans affected by the ongoing natural disaster. The donations could be made via SMS, Star points or eZ cash and Dialog will triple these customer donations and contribute to flood relief activities. This initiative is conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Disaster Management.
Sri Lanka achieved yet another milestone on the region’s broadband technology landscape this week, as Dialog Axiata announced the launch of its commercial 4.5G TDD LTE network.
The roll-out of South Asia’s first commercial 4.5G TDD LTE network with Dialog’s Home Broadband services will be initially available in selected zones in the city of Colombo, and will be expanded to the rest of the country as part of Dialog’s drive to deliver Sri Lanka’s fastest 4G Network. The Commercial launch of 4.5G sets a solid foundation for the future evolution of the nation’s Broadband services to a technology generation well ahead of neighboring markets.
“The deployment of commercial 4.5G broadband services serves as a springboard for the rapid accession towards 5G services, and demonstrates Dialog’s readiness to deliver the most advanced suite of connectivity services to consumers. We are privileged to empower and enrich the lives of millions leading the technology transformation both here and in the region and this rollout will bring us even closer to the connected future we envisage for all Sri Lankans,” avers Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata.