Sri Lanka’s leading mobile operator by subscribers, Dialog Axiata, has announced the successful launch of 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, is using its Huawei-supplied radio access network (RAN) and core network with Rel. 15 Non-Standalone Architecture (NSA) to power what it claims is South Asia’s first pilot mobile 5G service.
‘The success of South Asia’s first demonstration of a mobile 5G service is yet another milestone following our launch of a fully functional pre-commercial 5G network and builds on our significant investments into high speed broadband network infrastructure in Sri Lanka,’ said Supun Weerasinghe, group chief executive of Dialog Axiata.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, at the turn of this year Dialog Axiata announced the commissioning of what it claimed was South Asia’s ‘first fully functional and standards-compliant 5G transmission using commercial-grade base stations and end-user devices’. Unveiled at the end of December 2018, 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.