Etisalat Sri Lanka, which is owned by the UAE’s Etisalat Group, has upgraded its network with dual carrier (DC) HSPA+ technology that offers mobile broadband speeds of up to six times faster than its closest rivals.
The telco will also introduce DC-enabled devices, including dongles and routers, to the market to allow subscribers to benefit from the upgraded network.
This latest upgrade follows Etisalat’s deployment of a 3.75G HSPA+ wireless network in 2011.
Since then, Sri Lanka’s mobile broadband subscription rate and penetration has experienced “steady” growth, the telco said.
To support this rise in coverage, Etisalat took initiatives to increase accessibility to the technology, by introducing smart-phones to the market at affordable prices and expanding the Android market in Sri Lanka.
Dumindra Ratnayake, CEO, Etisalat Sri Lanka, said: “Customers today want fast and reliable connectivity. They depend on our technology to run their businesses and manage their interests. Following meticulous testing and trials, we are proud to commercially launch the country’s fastest broadband connectivity capable of very fast Internet access, mobile TV applications, video streaming and video calls.”
Dual Carrier HSPA+ was defined in 3GPP Release 8, specifying carrier aggregation for increased spectrum efficiency and load balancing across the carriers. Etisalat Sri Lanka’s DC-HSPA+ has aggregated two 5MHz carriers which enables them to double the current speeds of HSPA+ (3.75G).
Etisalat’s mobile broadband network now covers all districts and key cities in Sri Lanka.
Etisalat entered Sri Lanka in 2009 when it acquired Tigo Sri Lanka for about $207 million.