Apr 02, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Dialog Axiata, a unit of Malaysia’s Axiata said it had launched commercial fourth generation mobile services in Colombo, making it the first in South Asia. Dialog’s service is based on frequency division – long term evolution standard (FD-LTE) technology requiring paired bandwidth for separate uplink and downlink channels.

Dialog last week bought 10MegaHerts of paired spectrum or 20MHz of raw bandwidth in an 1800MHz band auction from the regulator for 3.2 billion rupees allowing it to launch the service.

“It is indeed an honour and privilege to lead Sri Lanka’s mobile industry in to the 4G era with the launch of Dialog’s 4G Mobile service in the city of Colombo,” group chief executive Hans Wijayasuriya said.

“The progressive spectrum management policies of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka has once again ensured that Sri Lankan consumers will enjoy the region’s most advanced suite of Mobile, Fixed and Nomadic 4G LTE Services.”

Dialog’s fixed access unit, Dialog Broadband Networks, launched fixed fourth generation services in December 2012 using time division – long term evolution (TD-LTE) which originally ev

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