After a long series of delays, Sky Network, a subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), has announced the launch of its WiMAX 802.16e (mobile-ready) wireless broadband network on the island, under the brand name ‘Skymax’. As quoted by local newspaper The Daily Mirror, Sky Network’s CEO, Mahinda Herath, said that WiMAX offers a superior broadband experience for households, the corporate sector and SMEs, adding that the offering will soon incorporate other value added features such as usage- and quality-of-service-based charging models and web-based payment options. ‘Our vision is to give each and every person in Sri Lanka access to high speed broadband connectivity and digital content anywhere in the island at any time,’ Herath told an audience at the launch of the new product. He said that the new technology will reduce costs of broadband rollout.
TeleGeography’s 4G Research Service says that Sky Network’s 802.16e network is being roilled out in Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts in a first phase in which the operator expects to attract 11,000 WiMAX customers; it aims to provide mobile WiMAX coverage to the entire island in four implementation phases.