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Sri Lanka’s Dialog, Mobitel trial LTE-A Pro

21 JUN 2016

Sri Lanka’s top two mobile operators — Dialog Axiata and Mobitel – announced they have conducted trials on LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) Pro networks that are capable of achieving peak download speeds of 1Gb/s.

Mobitel, a subsidiary of state-owned Sri Lanka Telecom, claimed to be the first in South Asia to trial the so-called 4.5G technology, but market leader Dialog announced about the same time it demoed LTE-A Pro on its mobile infrastructure, supported by Huawei, and delivered throughputs in excess of 1Gb/s on the LTE radio interface.

Mobitel partnered with Huawei and ZTE to run the LTE-A Pro tests in its test lab. The network trials used a combination of five-carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM. After completing the test, the operator said it is looking forward to commercially deploying the service but didn’t give a timeframe.

Sri Lanka is one of just 20 countries where 4.5G capabilities have been demonstrated, Huawei said in a statement.

Axiata has 10.6 million mobile connections, giving it a 42 per cent market share, while Mobitel has 5.6 million for a 22 per cent share, according to GSMA Intelligence. Axiata had about 600,000 4G users at the end of Q1 and Mobitel had just over 200,000.


Joseph Waring

Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he...

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