Commencing operations in 1993, Mobitel was one of the foremost mobile service providers in Sri Lanka, beginning operations using first generation cellular technology - Advanced Mobile Phone System (AMPS)/ Time division multiple access (TDMA).
In October 2002, Mobitel became a fully-owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom. In the following years Mobitel grew from strength to strength, launching its fully-fledged EDGE/GPRS enabled 2.5G GSM network, which is designed to operate on dual band in 2004. Mobitel again established its dominance of the mobile communication industry by being one of the first ten mobile service providers in the world to launch a 3.5G HSPA network in 2007. Mobitel was also the first service provider with a super 3.5G network in South Asia. Furthermore, Mobitel successfully demonstrated HSPA + MIMO technology with downlink speeds of up to 28.8 Mbps and carried out a successful trial of 4G/LTE technology with downlink speeds exceeding 96 Mbps, for the first time in the South Asian region. In addition, Mobitel recently launched Dual Carrier HSPA+ technology and it is now equipped with the country’s first mobile 4G/LTE equipment.
Currently standing with a customer base of over 5 million Mobitel continued with its strategy positioned around value innovation and customer centricity, making the best out of the technology being used, distribution systems, product portfolio and value added services with heightened acumen focused on customer needs and interests.
Recognized by the Institute of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) for the third consecutive year for engineering services, Mobitel was bestowed with the ‘Engineering Excellence Award 2014’ for the completion of Stage VII project. (The largest network expansion project which consists of more than 1530 2G/3G/LTE nodes, 700 Transmission nodes and more than 430 infrastructural elements). Further, Mobitel was awarded with the prestigious ISO 27001:2005 certification for the company’s solid and reliable Information Security Management System (ISMS) for securing information within the organization and ensuring safety and reliability to customers.
Aimed to bridge the digital divide in Sri Lanka, with special focus laid on education, improving efficiencies in the business sector and encouraging fruitful public-private partnerships, Mobitel is in the process of expanding its network to add 1,800 new base stations islandwide, increasing the current number from 3,500 – aiming for 100% population coverage.
Mobitel has steadily grown into a leader in the field of ICT, taking the industry towards transforming Sri Lanka into the ‘Wonder of Asia’. With an overall investment of over US$ 500mn to date, Mobitel strives to uplift lives, create new opportunities and develop Sri Lanka’s ICT landscape living by its credo of “We Care. Always.”