Test Run

Dialog Telekom Ltd., whose shares
surged 25 percent on their trading debut today, plans to offer
high-speed Internet access on mobile phones as it seeks to cement
its place as Sri Lanka’s No. 1 cellular-service provider. Dialog Telekom Ltd., whose shares
surged 25 percent on their trading debut today, plans to offer
high-speed Internet access on mobile phones as it seeks to cement
its place as Sri Lanka’s No. 1 cellular-service provider. Dialog will conduct a trial run next month of the so-called
third-generation, or 3G, mobile system, Chief Executive Officer
Hans Wijayasuriya said.

The network can access the Internet more
than 100 times faster than older networks and enable customers to
conduct videoconferences on mobile phones.

The Colombo-based company, which will be the first to offer
such services in Sri Lanka, is striving to maintain its dominant
market share in a nation of 20 million people as competition
intensifies. Dialog competes with Celltel Lanka Ltd., Sri Lanka
Telecom Ltd.’s Mobitel unit and Hong Kong’s Hutchison
Telecommunications International Ltd. in a market Wijayasuriya
expects will triple to 6.5 million users by 2008.

“It’s a very competitive market,” Wijayasuriya, 37