Sri Lankan national mobile network operator (MNO) Mobitel, a wholly owned unit of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), is claiming to have the widest 4G footprint in the country thanks to its recent decision to roll out LTE-900 technology. In what is a country first, Mobitel has used the 900MHz band to bolster 4G rollout for its ‘LTE Broadband’ services in Sri Lanka. In a press release, the firm’s chairman P G Kumarasighe Sirisena said that affordable broadband was ‘finally available to the wider population of Sri Lanka bringing the government machinery and economic mainstream particularly to those in the rural areas of the country’. The MNO is working to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural areas, and praised the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) for its efforts to help achieve this through the existing regulatory framework.
TeleGeography notes that Mobitel has already launched 1800MHz-based LTE services and at the last count, had coverage of eleven cities around the island, including Colombo, Kandy, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Jaffna, Nuwara Eliya, Negambo, Gampaha and Ratnapura.