Dialog paves the way for 5G technology
Dialog has successfully conducted South Asia’s first trial of next-generation, Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) Technology that delivered speeds up to 716Mbps over a single 20MHz LTE TDD carrier.
Massive MIMO Technology, with its superior energy and spectral efficiency, provides 6-times more spectrum efficiency from the same spectrum resource paving the way for 5G by improving network throughput and capacity.
The use of multiple antennas enables Massive MIMO Technology to enhance capacity by transmitting parallel data streams to users on the same frequency, in addition its base stations having the ability to carry out “beam-forming”, where antenna beams could be focused on individual users to enhance their connectivity and reduce interference.
In June this year Dialog Broadband commercially launched 4.5G technology, establishing yet another milestone in the region’s broadband technology landscape featuring download speeds in excess of 1Gbps.
The groundbreaking 5G technology capability trial was carried out by Dialog Axiata with technology partners Ericsson and Huawei at the Dialog Iconic in Colombo. Secretary to the President and Chairman of Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka Austin Fernando, Chairman of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka Dumindra Ratnayaka and Acting Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka M. Kingsly Fernando were present at the occasion.
This trial marks Sri Lanka’s goal in establishing 5G technology, thereby increasing the connectivity whilst eliminating interferences and enhancing data services to both enterprise and consumer users. Such technology will help optimise business efficiency which is an attractive infrastructure commodity to investors.
OSL also sees the possibility for investors to lease spectrum resources for the further expansion of telco sector.
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