Broadband Providers in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Telecom Limited
Web Site www.sltnet.lk
SLT will be the first to provide broadband in the country. Started its broadband service in 2003 by covering almost every city in the island with copper based telephone wire ADSL technology. Service provided via telephone wire to the customer premises using their existing telephone cable. Currently offering three (3) ADSL packages ranging speed from 512kbps to 2Mbps. Companyís massive international backbone consisted of STM 1ís and STM 4ís to more than five landing points in USA,Europe and in Asia. SLT is the only service provider in the country with Gigabit international bandwidth in the submarine cable SEA-ME-WE 3 and in SEA-ME-WE 4.
Dialog Telekom Limited
Web Site www.dialog.lk
Dialog will be the second to provide broadband and first to provide wireless broadband in the country. Started its service in 2007, using WiMax wireless technology and still in its initial stage. An outdoor antenna has to be fixed at customer premises with indoor unit connecting both units through coaxial cable. Indoor unit which comprises of RJ45 interface allowing direct connection to the customerís PC or to the router.
In addition to WiMax Internet, Company is also providing HSDPA broadband as part of their data solutions to users. Dialog upgraded its International backbone segment with number of newly added PoP's covering larger geographic area than before.
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Web Site www.mobitel.lk
Mobitel is known as a Mobile service provider in Sri Lanka and recently started Itís broadband services on mobile platform using 3.5G HSDPA technology. Being a subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom Limited, company is taking a big challenge in providing broadband services for the first time. Having the privilege using SLTís international backbone and its infrastructure, Mobitel is more stable and capable of handling any demand of Internet traffic in the future. Market entry seems very promising and competitive. Mobitelís HSDPA broadband packages are comparatively cheaper than its rivalís HSDPA package and this could be a challenge for the other wireless service providers in the country.
HSDPA Modem price 18,000-30,000
14.05.2008 Observation - After running smoothly for about five months, HSPA network quality started to deteriorate drastically. Day time average had dropped to 40-300kbps range.
All prices are in Sri Lankan rupees
12th Jan 2008