Sri Lanka’s largest cellco Dialog Axiata has gained an additional block of 2.3GHz 4G LTE wireless spectrum to expand the fixed-wireless broadband services of its Dialog Broadband Networks (DBN) subsidiary via the purchase of a local licensed pay-TV operator. The Sri Lankan regulatory authorities have already approved DBN’s agreed LKR800 million (USD6.3 million) purchase of 100% of Sky Television & Radio Network (Pvt) Ltd, and the reallocation of its 2.3GHz frequencies for usage by the fixed broadband unit, the company announced. DBN launched TD-LTE fixed broadband services using a 15MHz block of 2.3GHz frequencies in December 2012 in Colombo, and has since expanded coverage to Kandy, Jaffna and Galle. The company added that the additional 2.3GHz allocation will allow it to upgrade TD-LTE end-user connection speeds.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Sky Television & Radio Network (Pvt) Ltd is not to be confused with 2.5GHz band spectrum holder and WiMAX-based wireless broadband operator Sky Network (Pvt) Ltd, a subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT). SLT agreed to buy 75% of Sky Network in May 2008 for USD1 million from European-based Lycatel Group, later upping its stake to 99.9%.