Feb 26, 2020

Hutch completes island-wide 4G rollout & coverage expansion (Video)

Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka Ltd. yesterday (25) announced a successful completion of the merger with Etisalat Lanka Ltd. in 2018 while unveiling pivotal achievements since then.

Senior officials from the local subsidiary of global telecommunication giant CK Hutchison Holdings, announced that the massive network merger would now provide customers access to a bigger and better network of 2G, 3G and 4G services across the country. 

The company also unveiled its fresh outlook and brand value proposition – ‘Be. Anywhere’ – celebrating the completion of its 4G network coverage in Sri Lanka.

This network development offers the population as much as 95% coverage across all 25 districts, while serving millions of people across 12,000 plus Grama Niladhari divisions. With over 3,500 sites being merged, the 4G network expansion was a complex process. A total of more than 400 engineers and technical support staff from Sri Lanka and experts from several other countries were deployed to execute the project in a record time of 12 months. As part of its aggressive expansion plans, the company plans to deploy an extensive product range across voice, data and other services at the most affordable price points, to supplement the enhanced network.

Speaking at the media briefing held yesterday (25) on this regard, Hutch Chief Executive Officer - Thirukumar Nadarasa said, “We are delighted to announce the 100% successful merger of both the networks. The completion of the island-wide 4G network coverage has propelled Hutch to the forefront of the industry and this is a testimonial of our commitment to serve all segments of the Sri Lankan market. We will continue to bring benefits of the latest mobile technology to people in Sri Lanka, thereby making it easier for them to live their life and conquer dreams by being anywhere they are!”

Speaking on the affordability of Hutch products and the internet speed provided to their customers, Mr. Nadesan added that the local telecommunications market requires a choice and that is exactly what Hutch is going to provide their consumers with. He also added that people will remember Hutch as a affordable as well as a transparent option.

Powering ahead to deliver on its promises, Hutch has also completed installation of the most advanced switch and core network in the country as part of the strategic investment. In addition, the company has deployed one of the most progressive Converged Billing Systems (CvBS) in the world, where Post-pay and Pre-paid billing systems can run on a single hybrid platform offering a wide variety of products and services delivered in multiple ways to suit customer convenience.

Hutch also announced that several exciting technology rollouts and digital backed products and services would be introduced soon.

The company further announced that they have been granted approval by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka to conduct a 3-month long fully fledged trial with regard to the 5G technology.

Several instances of the media briefing is as follows :