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Wednesday, 18th October 2017

Mobitel Launches South Asia’s first NB-IoT Network at Techno 2017 in Sri Lanka

Mobitel, Sri Lanka’s National Mobile Service Provider showcased the nascent NB-IoT technology (Narrow Band Internet of Things) for the first time in South Asia at the recently concluded Techno 2017 exhibition in Sri Lanka which took place from the 13th-15th of October 2017. 
 
Mobitel’s vibrant demonstration at Techno 2017 inspired all attendees of the exhibition to experience for themselves the NB-IoT technology as their technology of choice for Low Power Wide Area connectivity needs. Mobitel showcased NB-IoT as a powerful technology in urban farming and home safety systems. Mobitel’s innovative deployment of NB-IoT interleaved on its 900MHz spectrum ensured an increase in 7 times the typical mobile coverage, enabling its use for sensors deep within concrete structures or underground such as required for smart meters or disaster monitoring sensors.
 
Mobitel Chairman, P. G. Kumarasinghe Sirisena was proud that Mobitel had delivered real-life solutions to the often overlooked rural community of Sri Lanka. He cited Mobitel’s NB-IoT technology as a vital component in increasing the productivity of Sri Lanka’s overall output through simple low-cost automation solutions provided by the Mobitel Network. 
 
Mobitel Chief Executive Officer, Nalin Perera highlighted Mobitel’s emphasis on living up to its ‘We Care. Always.’ motto. He went on to say that the NB-IoT network roll-out reinforced the company’s vision to expand its IoT business on top of the already successful home automation solutions delivered through the X Station store. He concluded with a strong message to all the people of Sri Lanka saying ‘Mobitel NB-IoT is for everyone and is not a luxury product. As a company we are socially aware of our responsibilities and we continue to make investments that will bridge the digital divide between the urban and rural communities’. 
 
Rasantha Hettithanthrige, Mobitel’s Senior General Manager - Engineering & Operations, noted the high enthusiasm & the knowledge of attendees at the exhibition judging by the interactive discussions between Mobitel’s Engineering team and the attendees of the exhibition. “I must credit our team on the delivery and public demonstration of Sri Lanka’s first NB-IoT network. The attendees of this exhibition were technically savvy, and quickly understood the technical challenges in delivering a NB-IoT Network, which in fact it is quite different to our existing LTE network. Mobitel has given all Sri Lankans a chance to physically witness and see for themselves the power of the Mobitel Network, rather than just reading about it.”
 
The long queues gathering around the Mobitel stall at Techno 2017 certainly bore testament to Mobitel’s credibility as a pioneer in technology for the masses.
 
 
 
Monday, 4th September 2017

Mobitel organizes MedHack, the first-ever Medical Hackathon in Sri Lanka

MedHack is Sri Lanka’s first ever Hackathon for the health sector organized by Mobitel, the National Mobile Service Provider of Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine and the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka. MedHack aims to innovate solutions for the health sector and bring medical and health professionals together with tech experts and problem solvers to address the challenges faced by the Sri Lankan health sector. This is yet another initiative spearheaded by Mobitel that focuses on the development of digital health sector along with the addition of a pioneer in digital health services and Sri Lanka’s largest doctor channeling network, eChanneling to its portfolio.  
 
During the initial step of the competition, anyone can visit the web site https://mic.lk/medhack/ and submit a problem they have faced in the health sector that can be solved or improved with technology. The collected problems will be reviewed by experts in health sector and a list of competitive challenges will be compiled based on these problems, which will be published on the web site https://mic.lk/medhack/. Along with published challenges, Hackathon registrations will be opened from 25th August to 14th September. Teams will then be shortlisted based on the received applications and the selected teams for the Hackathon will be announced on 18 September. The Hackathon will take place on 23rd September at the Mobitel Innovation Centre at Trace Expert City and will continue till 24th September.
 
This initiative will nurture the Digital Services eco system of Mobitel and Sri Lanka as a whole. As a way forward, Mobitel together with the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine and the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka will be supporting the selected teams in realizing their solutions and nurturing them to success. For registrations and further information on the Hackathon visit https://mic.lk/medhack/.
 
 
Image (L – R): Mr. Indika De Zoysa - Senior Consultant at ICT Agency of Sri Lanka, Dr. S. Sridaran - Deputy Director General (Planning), Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Mr. P. G. Kumarasingha Sirisena - Chairman, Sri Lanka Telecom & Mobitel, Mr. Saman Perera – Group Chief Information Officer, Sri Lanka Telecom & Mobitel, Mr. Prabhath Gamage - General Manager, Enterprise Business
 
 
Image - Mr. P. G. Kumarasingha Sirisena - Chairman, Sri Lanka Telecom & Mobitel
 
Monday, 27th March 2017

Mobitel launches first “Smart Bus Halt” in Sri Lanka

 
The National Mobile Service Provider Mobitel takes a pioneering step forward in the transformational change of Colombo in to a Smart City with its state-of-the-art Smart Bus Halt situated at Town Hall, Colombo. This significant step, spearheaded by the Mobitel Innovation Center, showcases the ways in which touch of technology can propel the experience of an everyday commuter to new heights.
 
In line with the brand promise of Mobitel - we care always; the smart bus halt is equipped with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi with the aim of delivering superior service quality and an exceptional user experience to the customer. A Smart Vending machine at the premises is also ready to dispense beverages with a touch of your mobile, highlighting the effectiveness of cashless payments. For a limited time, the machine will also provide thirst –quenching relief to Mobitel customers, by allowing them access to a free chilled bottle of water via a simple SMS command.
 
The interactive touch screen at the Smart Bus Halt with its integrated facial analytics has the ability to customize onscreen content to suit the audience based on a multitude of characteristics such as age and gender. It also doubles as a self-service information portal with information on bus routes, train routes/time tables and localised details of ATMs etc. which will provide immense value to commuters.
 
In its quest to be at the forefront of technology Mobitel’s Smart Bus Halt, in-line with its IoT (Internet of Things) initiative is equipped with state-of-the-art environment sensors which monitor a variety of factors such as temperature, humidity, noise level and toxic gas concentrations. The data gathered from these sensors will enable the monitoring of air quality on a routine basis which will be of value to society. Among the many facilities accessible to commuters, the Smart Bus Halt will also be equipped with a mobile phone charging station.
 
The Smart Bus Halt is the first step of a in a large scale deployment of similar ventures both in the Colombo City and across the island. In its vision to spearhead the ICT transformation of Sri Lanka, Mobitel together with the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure has been at the forefront of innovation and it will continue to expand its technology footprint and serve the nation as the national mobile service provider.
 
 
 
Caption – The first “Smart Bus Halt” by Mobitel at Town Hall, Colombo.
 
 
 
Caption – The opening of the first Mobitel “Smart Bus Halt” by the Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Hon. Harin Fernando, Sri Lanka Telecom and Mobitel Chairman Mr. P. G. Kumarasinghe Sirisena.  Also present was Mobitel Chief Operating Officer Mr. Nalin Perera.