Speed Test

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (L) and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe gesture as Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake (unseen) presents a supplementary budget to parliament, marking the first economic policy statement of the new government which came to power earlier in the month in Colombo on January 29, 2015. Sri Lanka's new government announced hefty taxes on top companies in a bid to raise revenue, accusing the previous regime of fudging the figures and leaving the economy in a "sad state". AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Nov 05, 2010 (LBO) – Broadband download speeds delivered by Dialog Axiata, Sri Lanka’s dominant mobile operator, exceed expectations although its main rival Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) does better on other measurements, a report said. Dialog’s 1Mbps (megabits per second) post-paid broadband package delivers more than promised in download speeds, recent Quality of Service Experience (QoSE) tests by regional think tank LIRNEasia said.

It also offers better value for money (kbps per US dollar) when compared to similar offerings by SLT, the dominant fixed line operator, and its Mobitel mobile phone subsidiary.

In its latest QoSE report, LIRNEasia compared download speeds of three similar broadband packages in Sri Lanka.

These were Dialog’s post-paid broadband (1Mbps), Mobitel’s Zoom890 (1Mbps) and SLT’s Office (2 Mbps).

The underlying technologies of the different packages would most certainly impact their performance, said Shazna Zuhyle, research manager at LIRNEasia.

But the focus of LIRNEasia’s broadband QoSE benchmarking was on the comparison between what is promised or advertised versus the actual speeds delivered by the operators and how they measure up on other measurements.

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