Milestone in Broadband technology
Sri Lanka set up another milestone on the region’s Broadband
Technology landscape on Friday with an exposition of South East Asia’s
first 4.5G demonstration featuring download speeds of over 1Gbps
(Gigabits per second).
The capability test was carried out on the Huawei Technologies’ LTE
infrastructure of Dialog Axiata, a 4G network provider.
The demonstration established the ability of the network to deliver
throughputs of over 1 Gbps on the LTE Radio (Air) Interface, setting a
solid foundation for the future evolution of the nation’s 4G services to
a technology generation well ahead of neighbouring markets, a company
Following the test, Sri Lanka joins a select circle of 20 countries
where 4.5G capabilities have been demonstrated.
In 2014, Dialog Axiata launched its pioneering 4G services on FD-LTE
and TD-LTE technologies.
Dialog’s 4G LTE networks have since evolved to deliver burst speeds
up to 100 MBps and provides population coverage of over 50% with respect
to ultra-high speed 4G services, he said. Following in the footsteps of
the company’s 3G-HSPA network which provides a population coverage of
over 83%, Dialog’s 4G LTE Services are expected to provide ultra high
speed broadband coverage to all populated areas of the country in the
The ITU names Sri Lanka as exhibiting the lowest broadband tariffs in
the Asia Pacific Region, while Akamai, in its report of ‘State of the
Internet – Connectivity’ points to Sri Lanka leading the region if not
the world in terms of the affordability, availability, quality and
inclusivity of broadband services.