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Saturday, 15th June 2019

HNB Finance enables Utility & Other Bill Payments for Customers, via mCash Billing Platform  

(middle) Exchanging of the partnership agreement between HNB Finance MD/CEO Chaminda Prabhath and Mobitel Senior General Manager Marketing Isuru Dissanayake. Also present were (from left) HNB Finance DGM Business Padmasiri Dayawansa, HNB Finance AGM – CIO Pradeepa Dias, HNB Finance Head of BSD Manjula Munasinghe, Mobitel General Manager – Mobile Financial Services Kalhara Gamage, HNB Finance Manager - Product Development Suwan Fernando and Mobitel Product Executive - Mobile Financial Services Thilakeswary Yogeswaran.      



Sri Lanka’s National Mobile Service Provider, Mobitel, has joined hands with HNB Finance to enable the finance company’s customers to benefit from its mCash Biller sharing solution. As a result of this strategic partnership, HNB Finance will facilitate customers to make Mobile Reload, DATA Reload, Utility Bill Payments, Insurance Payments through HNB Finance Field Staff or Branches using the mCash billing platform, thus offering additional convenience. HNB Finance will therefore allow customers to make payments on the go and at the place and time of their choosing. Launched by Mobitel, mCash is one of the leading Mobile Financial Services Platform in the country, which has forever transformed the way Sri Lanka conducts its financial transactions.


Established in 2000, HNB Finance Limited is licensed as a registered Finance Company by the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. Maintaining an extensive island-wide presence across 48 branches and 21 service Centers with the power of Hatton National Bank’s 650 ATM machines, HNB Finance has over the recent past expanded into new fields of business and now offers Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Loans in addition to savings, gold loans, fixed deposits facilities and leasing products.


mCash is a Mobile Wallet conceptualized by the National Mobile Service Provider, Mobitel and approved by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka which was launched in November 2013 capitalizing the telecommunication infra-structure to conveniently, instantly & securely enable financial transactions by using mobile devices. Mobitel embarked on the journey of providing financial services in the country allowing the entire financial industry to benefit from its core competitive advantages such as the reach to Customers and the distribution network that has spread throughout the country enabling digital financial inclusion to every Sri Lankan. mCash B2B Solutions are now wide spread across to over 20,000 Locations island-wide including Banking & Financial Institutes, Leading Supermarkets and Mobitel Retailers.


Thursday, 13th June 2019

eChannelling introduces Sri Lanka’s first Artificial Intelligence based Chabot  

eChannelling, the largest Doctor Channeling Network in Sri Lanka, has launched the Chatbot for the first time in Sri Lanka’s healthcare industry. To provide this convenient method to its customers, eChannelling has joined hands with Autochatic, creators of the world's only no-coding, context-aware multilingual Chatbot building platform. Autochatic is headquartered in Paris and has operations in Europe, Singapore, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

eChannelling Chabot is the very first artificial intelligence based channeling bot in the country leveraging on Facebook’s messenger platform. Through this, patients can channel a doctor and complete the transaction, including making payments. The Chabot is yet another state-of-the-art digital initiative by eChannelling, a 24X7 virtual agent that provides a human-like experience to find information such as doctors’ availability, doctors’ sessions etc. It also provides real-time updates of appointment sessions.

The Chabot helps channel a doctor and complete the transaction, but plans to expand into other aspects such as making changes in the channeling details, ongoing number updates, and initiating no show refund requests. eChannelling customers benefit by way of less human interaction, more customer engagements, secure data transmission, easy access and time saving. Customers can access the Chabot on their mobiles via Messenger & or initiating a chat through eChannelling Facebook page.


With a network of 250+ recognized hospitals, more than 5500 Doctors, over 2000 outlets and coverage on any mobile network, eChannelling is the easiest way to channel a Doctor anywhere at any time. eChannelling is the first company in Sri Lanka to offer a complete e-commerce based service in the health sector and one of the first public quoted technology companies in the Colombo Stock Exchange. eChannelling PLC is a subsidiary of Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd and the pioneer software developer and ICT service provider to the healthcare industry in the country. Mobitel has taken digital healthcare to the next level by adding eChannelling to its portfolio and strengthening its position in the country’s telecommunications industry.


Sunday, 9th June 2019

Mobitel 5G Becomes the First and Fastest in South Asia!

Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd, the National Mobile Service Provider in Sri Lanka successfully reached the highest mobile 5G speeds for the first time in South Asia exceeding speeds of 1.55Gbps using a commercial 5G mobile smartphone on 7th June 2019.  
Following the demonstration of 5G Speed tests using a commercial 5G smartphone for the first time in South Asia on 4th June 2019, Mobitel went on to achieve a new speed record of 1.55Gbps for South Asia, making a momentous landmark on the 5G deployment across the globe.
As a result of these mobile 5G speed achievements, Ookla, the global leader for speed test benchmarking has recognized Mobitel as the First Mobile 5G Network in South Asia, which is a proud achievement to all Sri Lankans.
These Mobile 5G services were demonstrated using Huawei 5G network equipment in 3.6GHz trial spectrum allocation from the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), which always encourage and strengthen the evolving ICT transformation in Sri Lanka. Mobitel finds it encouraging to work with a progressive regulatory body in broadening the vistas of the Sri Lankan Mobile Broadband market.
The next generation of 5G services will not only provide Giga bit speeds, but also will revolutionize the industries across the globe with inherent ultra-reliable and low latency capabilities of 5G technology.
Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd, the National Mobile Service Provider, successfully showcased South Asia’s first 5G deployment over a Mobile Network on 5th April 2019 which 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. 
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