Sri Lanka Telecom’s mobile subsidiary Mobitel has awarded a contract to China’s ZTE for network expansion and modernisation including the deployment of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband infrastructure, under a previously announced investment of LKR5 billion (USD45 million), reports the island’s Sunday Times newspaper. The new project is also aimed at upgrading fibre-optic infrastructure for both the fixed line telco and its cellular unit as part of the ‘i-Sri Lanka’ programme, and ZTE was chosen for both fixed and mobile aspects of the implementation to ensure equipment compatibility. Mobitel has signed a Board Of Investment (BOI) agreement to trial and deploy an LTE network as part of the company’s network expansion project, which will enable it to import and purchase project-related items duty free. Meanwhile its parent telco plans to bring high speed fixed broadband connectivity at speeds above 20Mbps for the bulk of its wireline customers over a three-year period.
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