Dialog Axiata pilots South Asia’s first live 5G transmission with Sri Lanka trial

2 Jan 2019

Sri Lankan mobile operator Dialog Axiata has announced the commissioning of what it claims is South Asia’s ‘first fully functional and standards-compliant 5G transmission using commercial-grade base stations and end-user devices’. Local press sources have reported that the cellco’s pre-commercial trial was fulfilled via a partnership with the industry watchdog the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), which is making available 3.5GHz band spectrum to pilot 5G. In the trials, Dialog reportedly achieved data speeds of more than 2Gbps in a live setting, with group CEO Supun Weerasinghe, noting: ‘Reaching the milestone of enabling a fully functional pre-commercial 5G transmission, as well as our investments in making a major part of our expansive island-wide 4G network fully 5G compliant, demonstrate our commitment to deliver to our customers network capability and digital enablement on a par with the most developed markets in the world.’