Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Digital Broadcasters | Sri Lanka | Dialog Telekom Digital TV License

Digital Broadcasters Vendor News notes that "Dialog Telekom" has been awarded a broadcast "quadruple play" licence covering radio and television frequencies that will permit digital terrestrial broadcasting, direct to home or DTH and mobile television services. The report was made in Lankabusinessonline.

A unit of Telekom Malaysia, Dialog picked up the frequency by acquiring a 90 percent stake in Asset Media (Pvt) Ltd for 325 million Sri Lanka rupees.

Asset Media already owns TV production facilities; as well as a free- to-air and a pay tv license.

Ten months earlier, Dialog moved into the broadband market by taking control of a network operator, MTT. The company also has a CDMA (code division multiple access) license, which allows Dialog to offer fixed line telephone services using cheaper mobile technologies.

Dialog's CDMA operation, through its fully owned subsidiary – Dialog Broadband Networks – is due to start next January.

In August, Dialog became the first in South Asia to commercially launch third generation mobile services or 3G.

Dialog Telekom, dominates the Sri Lanka telecoms market with over 2.75 million subscribers, followed by Mobitel Lanka, Celltel Lanka Ltd and Hutchinson.


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