Dialog expecting 3G licence within the quarter

18 Apr 2006

Sri Lankan mobile operator and internet provider Dialog Telekom is hoping to secure a 3G licence before the end of June this year. The Telekom Malaysia subsidiary is awaiting a decision from the Sri Lankan authorities on UMTS spectrum allocation. Dialog began 3G tests in Colombo early last month and is expected to carry out trials lasting a year. It has set aside around USD85 million of its USD150 million annual budget to upgrade its mobile services. A further USD28 million is earmarked for new services including broadband, whilst improving backbone infrastructure and coverage will cost it USD24 million, and USD13 million will be used to enhance customer support. According to GlobalComms, at the end of December 2005 Dialog had 2.124 million subscribers, a 65% market share. At the same date, nearest rival Celltel Lanka had 579,430 customers.

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