Long Chat

Fixed-line operator Lanka Bell will stretch its network capacity by 20 percent by Christmas this year, under a US$ 2 million expansion programme. Fixed-line operator Lanka Bell will stretch its network capacity by 20 percent by Christmas this year, under a US$ 2 million expansion programme. Retained earnings are paying for the expansion, senior Lanka Bell officials told Lanka Business Online, also helping the wireless local loop operator enhance its current service levels.

Lanka Bell earlier in November placed a US$ 500,000 order for wireless equipment from US based Airspan Networks as part of its expansion programme already under way.

The US supplier said that Lanka Bell will use the equipment to expand its existing Proximity-based fixed wireless access network.

This recent order allows the company to expand its existing network in both coverage and capacity” said Henrik Smith-Petersen, Regional President of Airspan Asia Pacific.

Industry officials expect Lanka Bell to step-up its marketing to woo more customers after its network expansion.

The smaller of the two wireless local loop (WLL) operators with close to 50,000