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Wednesday, 17th April 2019

Mobitel Partners UTECH Technologies to introduce IIoT solutions

 
Sri Lanka’s National Mobile Service Provider, Mobitel, announced a strategic collaboration with UTECH recently. As the Authorized Reseller, Mobitel, in collaboration with UTECH, will offer customized IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) solutions catering to industries spanning from Construction, Power, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Supply Chain. IIoT solutions enable industries to improve efficiencies to maximize productivity by reducing downtime and thereby improving overall profitability. IoT is one of the fastest growing industries in the world with over 25 billion assets to be connected by 2025 as per GSMA statistics.  IIoT solutions help companies to better monitor and control; collect accurate timely data for extensive analysis, ensure process automation; achieve proactive issue identification, support data generation for root cause analysis and implement preventive measures. Furthermore, under the terms of the collaboration, Mobitel and UTECH will work closely to conduct joint R&D for new requirements which will enable us to provide a totally customized IIoT solution which are able to function seamlessly with customers existing systems and supported by the strengths of our strategic alliance. 
 
Mobitel has made great strides in recent years to expand its influence in the nascent IoT and IIoT technologies in Sri Lanka, investing heavily in bringing the advanced technologies to benefit Sri Lankans.  Mobitel is committed to nurturing and promoting growth of businesses. Equipped with the latest technology, Mobitel’s goal is to enable the target population to access enterprise solutions that would help them increase their efficiency, productivity and re-engineer processes. Mobitel’s business solutions portfolio provides corporates with enterprise grade, tailor-made solutions with industry leading products and technologies to address all their technology needs.
 
UTECH is a subsidiary of United Tractor & Equipment (Private) Limited, also known as UTE, is the leading engineering solutions provider in Sri Lanka providing engineering solutions to the construction, power, environmental engineering and material handling and manufacturing sectors.  With UTE’s 70+ years of engineering expertise and the cutting edge R&D initiatives of UTECH, IIoT solutions are developed ground up to fulfill customer technical requirements at an affordable cost. UTECH’s technology incorporates the latest programmable microprocessors, sensor networks, communications and GPS to connect vehicles, earth-moving equipment, power generators and industrial machines to the internet where all required parameters can be monitored and controlled real time from anywhere in the world.
 
Monday, 8th April 2019

Mobitel’s 5G (R)evolution is real!

The first 5G smartphone connected to the Mobitel 5G network for the first time in South Asia being displayed by Huawei Lanka Chief Executive Officer Shunli Wang, Mobitel Chief Executive Officer Nalin Perera and Sri Lanka Telecom & Mobitel Chairman P. G. Kumarasinghe Sirisena.

Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd, the National Mobile Service Provider in Sri Lanka successfully showcased South Asia’s first 5G deployment over a Mobile Network on Friday 5th April 2019. Mobitel’s successful implementation of 5G was hot on the heels of the 5G deployments in the U.S.A (2nd April 2019) and South Korea (4th April 2019), connecting a commercial Mobile smartphone to its 5G network. The pioneering activity to bring 5G with Mobility as opposed to Fixed devices was lauded by the Sri Lankan ICT community as it builds on the ubiquitous Mobile phone and smartphones which has empowered a generation of Sri Lankans to lead Sri Lanka towards an InfoComm and knowledge-rich society.

Mobitel correctly identified Enhanced Mobile Broadband, Massive Internet-of-Things and Mission Critical Services as the primary pillars of the 5G revolution way back in 2016. Thus, Mobitel has been strategic and focused in its 5G journey and first demonstrated its 5G leadership in 2017 with the demonstration of Massive IoT in 2017, this was followed by Mission Critical Services in 2018. With Friday’s pilot deployment of Enhanced Mobile Broadband (Mobility), Mobitel’s 5G revolution in South Asia is unparalleled and its strategic approach is now being proven to be correct and is on course for benefiting Sri Lanka.

SLT Group Chairman, P. G.  Kumarasinghe Sirisena speaking at the launch of Mobitel’s all-encompassing 5G showcase said “My greatest joy and pride has been that Sri Lanka through Mobitel has positioned itself as Global leader technology. I am particularly grateful to the TRCSL, the Telecommunications Regulatory body in Sri Lanka for enabling Sri Lanka’s technology experts to showcase the country’s technology leadership and ability on an international level bringing great reputation to the country through trials and pilot deployments which are the first steps in a commercial roll-out. This is proving to stimulate the country’s economic advancement which is a great achievement.’

Mobitel CEO, Nalin Perera led the way by saying ‘’The technology on show by Mobitel is cutting-edge, but our people are incredible! Mobitel, has shown today that we can lead in technology but more importantly we have shown that our people cannot be kept down and have shown what great success can be achieved through teamwork. Mobitel being recognised on an International stage is no mean feat, and we will celebrate as Sri Lankans first as we begin to enjoy this 5G revolution by Mobitel.’’.

The 5G revolution at Mobitel was certainly a heady mix of technology and human expertise. Mobitel, Senior General Manager – Engineering & Operations, Rasantha Hettithanthrige was euphoric when he said ‘’We’ve had technology advancements in the past, but this one was particularly special. Bringing Mobility to 5G is truly ground breaking at this moment of time. Getting high-speeds is easy, but giving it wirelessly and with Mobility is truly phenomenal! While I am excited at the technology, I am particularly proud of how we stuck to our plan in ensuring the 3 pillars of Massive IoT, Mission Critical Services and now finally Enhanced Mobile Broadband have come together to give people a realistic taste of what 5G offers.’

Indeed, Mobitel certainly has a rich history of not providing technology for technology’s sake but providing technology at the right time for empowering Sri Lankans and leading Sri Lanka on its Digital journey. Mobitel’s 5G revolution is another step in this exciting journey.

The first 5G smartphone connected to the Mobitel 5G network for the first time in South Asia by Mobitel and Huawei Lanka teams.

The first 5G smartphone connected to the Mobitel 5G network for the first time in South Asia

 

 

Friday, 5th April 2019

Redmi Note 7 ranging from LKR 33,999 and Redmi 7 from LKR 21,999 will be available starting April 5th   

 
The official launch of the Xiaomi Redmi 7 Note by (from left) Mobitel Senior Manager – Data, Devices & Enterprise Strategy Yasiru Abeygunawardane, Generation Next Communications Chief Executive Officer Rajeev Goonaratne, Mobitel Chief Executive Officer Nalin Perera, Xiaomi India Head of Overseas Expansion Sanket Agarwal and Xiaomi Sri Lanka Country General Manager Vidya Sagar. 
 
 
Xiaomi, global technology leader today announced Redmi Note 7 and Redmi 7 in Sri Lanka, the two latest smartphones in the highly-popular Redmi series in partnership with Mobitel the National Mobile Service Provider in Sri Lanka. The stunning Redmi Note 7 offers a flagship-level experience with a powerful 48MP rear camera and a gorgeous dual-tone gradient glass design while the powerful Redmi 7 comes with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 632 Mobile Platform and a high-capacity 4000mAh battery.
 
Redmi Note 7 – The 48MP beast 
 
Stunning all-new design
 
Redmi Note 7 marks the greatest shift in design in the series, sporting a new premium style with the front and rear covered in Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5. The gorgeous 19.5:9 Dot Drop display measures 6.3 inches diagonally and has a FHD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080. Redmi Note 7 screen's high pixel density and accurate colors (84% NTSC color gamut) offer one of the finest visual experiences in its class.
 
Class-leading camera for amazing photos even in low light
 
On the back, Redmi Note 7 sports the Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 backside-illuminated CMOS sensor that has 48 million physical pixels. When taking pictures, the sensor uses Samsung’s Tetracell technology that merges four pixels to work as one large 1.6µm pixel. This greatly increases light sensitivity and makes the resulting 12MP image much brighter and clearer, even in low-light conditions.
 
Furthermore, Xiaomi couples Redmi Note 7’s cameras with the latest AI features, including the night mode photography feature that was introduced along with Xiaomi’s flagship Mi MIX 3, as well as AI scene detection, AI beautify and AI portraits that allow users to create amazing photos with ease.
 
Uncompromised performance and battery life
 
Redmi Note 7 is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 660 AIE SoC, with a 2.2GHz maximum clock speed, ensuring uncompromised peak performance when playing games and processing data.
 
Redmi Note 7 carries on the Redmi tradition of excellent battery life with its large 4000mAh battery, which will last over a day for almost all users. Recharge via the USB Type-C port, and enjoy shorter charging times thanks to support for Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4. Redmi Note 7 also includes an IR blaster capable of controlling numerous home appliances, such as televisions or air conditioners. In addition, it comes with Smart PA audio for louder and higher-quality sound.
 
Built to last
 
Redmi Note 7 is built to be reliable, designed to last so users can use it worry-free for longer. It features Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 on the front and back, making it better equipped to handle daily wear and tear. Corners on the chassis are also reinforced, further improving durability. In addition, buttons and ports come with watertight seals to lessen the impact of accidental splashes that may occur in everyday use.
 
Redmi 7 – Your performance partner
 
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 for smooth daily use
Redmi 7 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Mobile Platform. This chipset features the Qualcomm® Kryo™ 250 Octa-core CPU.Redmi 7 is designed to support fluid gaming and a great experience for daily use.
 
Dot Drop Design 
Featuring a 6.26” HD+ Dot Drop display, Redmi 7 has 4-sided curved gradient design with reduced bezels that comes in three colors: Comet Blue, Lunar Red, and Eclipse Black. The large LCD display with 19:9 aspect ratio allows for an immersive gaming and video experience. In order to ensure durability, Redmi 7 uses Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 for its display.
 
Prolonged standby time and enhanced sound quality
With an upgraded 4000mAh battery and system optimizations, Redmi 7 has a standby time of up to 400 hours. Redmi 7 produces better sound quality and offers an increase in volume to ensure clarity during media playback and in calls by using a larger speaker than its predecessor. Redmi 7 is also equipped with an infrared sensor, so you can use it as a universal remote, compatible with over 4000 home electronics and appliances.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Vidya Sagar, General Manager - Sri Lanka, Xiaomi India said, “Redmi Note 7 and Redmi 7 are a remarkable additions to our powerful line of Redmi smartphones in Sri Lanka, bringing our core philosophy to life - innovation for everyone. Redmi Note 7 Pro features a powerful 48MP camera, equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, while offering a stunning Aura Design. Redmi 7 brings brings the perfect amalgamation of design and performance to everyone. With such incredible offerings, we are excited to bring two great products  for our Mi Fans and consumers who look forward to enjoying innovative products with best specs of great quality at a truly honest price.”
 
Price and availability
 
Redmi Note 7 will come in Space Black, Neptune Blue, and Nebula Red. It will retail at LKR 33,999 for the 3GB+32GB version, LKR 36,999 for 4GB+64GB, and LKR 39,999 for 4GB+128GB. Starting April 5th, Redmi Note 7 and Redmi 7 will go on sale in Sri Lanka via selected Mobitel outlets, retail outlets and Daraz.com. Redmi 7 will retail at LKR 21,999 for the 2GB+16GB version and LKR 25,999 for the 3GB+32GB version. Both the devices will be available with a data bundling offer with Mobitel, nationwide along with selected Mobitel stores. Redmi Note 7 will offer talk time of LKR 150 monthly for 3 months & 4GB monthly for 12 months and Redmi 7 will be offering talk time worth LKR. 150 monthly for 3 months & 2GB monthly for 6 months. Mobitel is also making a special data offer of 48 GB free data on the 48MP Redmi Note 7 and a 12GB free data on Redmi 7 for the users. 
 
Speaking on partnering with Xiaomi for data offers, Isuru Dissanayake, Senior General Manager, Marketing of Mobitel said, “Mobitel is one of the leading network providers in the country and we are excited to partner with Xiaomi for two of their most coveted devices. We will be offering a 48GB data offer to complement the 48mp camera that Redmi Note 7 is bringing to the market. We look forward to changing the lives of several consumers in Sri Lanka by providing the best of both worlds - best in class smartphone technology and seamless internet connectivity.”
 
The newly launched Xiaomi Redmi 7 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 7  

 

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