Dialog set to break into fixed-line broadband market

08 June 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


Weeks after Dialog Axiata connected Sri Lanka to the ultra-high capacity 100G-Plus Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) submarine cable, it has set its sights on entering the fixed-line broadband market.

The operator would like to challenge the incumbent Sri Lanka Telecom in installing last mile connections to the homes, reports Mirror Business. At present, other telecom operators are only allowed to install into businesses and multi-residential units such as apartments.

“I believe that there shouldn’t be just one operator for people to choose from,” said Sanath Siriwardena, Dialog’s broadband development and promotion general manager.”

Dialog has started to install a fibre-optic national backbone and the BBG subsea cable provides the operator with the “means to price data much cheaper than its competitor”, Mirror Business added.

Siriwardena added: “Prices will be reduced because it is a mandate of the TRCSL to reduce prices, but we will give more speed and more bandwidth—like we do at off-peak hours—for the same prices, which is essentially a price reduction. Other operators can buy bandwidth from us and compete with our prices.”

Despite the plans, mobile networks is set to remain as the Dialog’s main revenue stream.