Sri Lankan mobile network operator (MNO) Dialog Axiata has completed trials of 5G technology, claiming to have achieved download speeds of more than 1.4Gbps using a commercial 5G mobile handset. In claiming the ‘highest speed achieved … via a mobile handset in South East Asia’ to date, Dialog Axiata confirmed it used 3.6GHz trial spectrum allocated by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) for a pre-commercial trial of fifth-generation services.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in March this year the MNO launched a pilot fully standards-based 5G mobile service, integrating 5G network infrastructure with a mobile 5G device. The cellco, part of the Malaysian Axiata group, used its Huawei-supplied radio access network (RAN) and core network with Rel. 15 Non-Standalone Architecture (NSA) to power what it claimed was South Asia’s first pilot mobile 5G service. To date Dialog Axiata has upgraded a fifth of its existing base station network to ‘5G Ready Status’ by deploying Massive MIMO technology, which it hopes will go live once the licensing of commercial 5G spectrum takes place in Sri Lanka.