November, 11, 2020
Dialog Axiata, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, announced the launch of 5G roaming that would enable Dialog subscribers to roam on 5G networks while overseas.
With 5G outbound roaming, Dialog customers with 5G compatible handsets will be able to enjoy data speeds up to 1 Gbps while roaming with networks partnered with Dialog for 5G roaming services. Dialog 5G out roaming service will be initially available with four operators in 3 countries at launch, namely, China Mobile in China, Hong Kong Telecom in Hong Kong, and Far EasTone and T-Star (Vibo) in Taiwan. Dialog, having the widest 4G roaming network in South Asia with 369 operators in 150 countries, will now expand the 5G roaming footprint providing a world-class data roaming experience to its subscribers. 5G connectivity also offers ultra-low latency, which will enable major breakthroughs in areas such as Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, artificial intelligence, and next-generation entertainment.
Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive officer of Dialog Axiata PLC said “We are excited to launch 5G outbound roaming for our subscribers, another first, not only for Sri Lanka but also for the entire region. 5G roaming radically transforms the connectivity experience of our roamers overseas. With the increased availability of bandwidth, our customers will be able to enjoy the next generation 4K mobile video live streaming, AR navigation, VR gaming, and many more next-generation applications while roaming overseas.”
On the home front, Dialog extended its trial 5G Network at more locations in Colombo, Kandy, and Galle, where subscribers can register their 5G device on www.dialog.lk/5g to experience the limitless power of 5G. This 5G trial network was enabled in collaboration with the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) who has led the region in making available the spectrum in the 3.5GHz band for the piloting of pre-commercial 5G services. These endeavours will lay the groundwork for Sri Lanka to innovate new 5G related products and services, paving the way to access the global 5G marketplace and facilitate industries to leverage the benefits of 5G.
This announcement follows Dialog's demonstration of a fully standards-based 5G mobile service for the first time in South Asia, the first 5G showcase in South Asia, the demonstration of South Asia's fastest 5G mobile speeds in 2019, and the first standards-based 5G fixed-wireless pilot transmission in December 2018. Implementing 5G will mean faster speeds for end consumers, as well as limitless opportunities to automate industrial and home environments.