Dialog Axiata takes over Bharti Airtel’s Sri Lankan business

22 April 2024

Dialog Axiata has signed a definitive agreement to effectively take over Bharti Airtel’s Sri Lankan operations, reducing the number of mobile operators in the country to three.

Under the deal, Dialog will acquire 100% of issued shares in Airtel Lanka, then give Bharti Airtel ordinary voting shares via a share swap, which will allow Airtel to retain a 10.35% stake in the combined company.

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DoT launches experiment licence module for 5G labs

17 April 2024

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has launched an experimental licence module that will allow its established 5G labs across India to test 5G use cases.

The DoT has set up 5G use case labs within 100 institutes across the country with the objective to build competencies and engagement in 5G technologies for students and startup communities. The experimental licence from the DoT will enable those labs to use 5G spectrum bands to test whatever use cases they come up with without interfering with commercial 5G services.

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Telkomsel launches eSIM service

16 April 2024

Telkomsel has launched an eSIM service for local customers, making it the last of the country’s major operators to do so, as the industry awaits upcoming eSIM regulations from telecoms regulator Kominfo.

Smartfren was the first telco in the market to launch eSIMs in 2019. Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison and XL Axiata launched eSIM services late last year.

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Ncell boosts 4G connectivity speeds

15 April 2024

Ncell has boosted connectivity speeds for its 4G service in various districts of the Lumbini and Bagmati provinces as part of an ongoing drive to improve Quality of Service (QoS) for customers.

Customers in the Bagmati districts of Chautara Sangachowk Gadhi, Indrasarowar, Manthali and Thaha now have faster 4G connections, as do customers in the districts of Bhumekasthan, Chandrakot, Malarani, Mathagadhi, Pyuthan, Rambha, Sandhikharka, Tansen and Tinau in Lumbini.

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