Sri Lanka’s Dialog Axiata is allowing its subscribers with 5G-capable devices to register on its trial 5G network as a way of understanding the benefits of the technology.
As reported by CommsUpdate, Dialog customers will be able to register devices at the Dialog Iconic and Dialog Experience Centres at Alfred House and World Trade Centre, as well as in several areas across the capital city of Colombo.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) allowed Dialog Axiata to use 3.5GHz spectrum to trial 5G services ahead of a commercial launch. The operator has stated that it aims to expand the pilot to additional regions imminently, with the goal of familiarising Sri Lanka with the benefits of 5G so that it can innovate with new 5G products and services.
Dialog Axiata’s 4G/LTE network already covers 92% of Sri Lanka’s population, and the operator has upgraded 20% of its base stations with massive MIMO technology to make them capable of delivering 5G speeds once the requisite spectrum is licensed.