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Dialog to shut down 3G data network

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Leading connectivity provider – Dialog Axiata PLC has announced that they will shut down their 3G data network in 2023 to free up spectrum and increase the capacity of its 4G Broadband network.

“This decision comes as part of Dialog Axiata’s ongoing efforts to provide the best possible mobile experience for its customers and is part of its continued efforts to introduce best-in-class, next-gen technologies to Sri Lankan consumers.” a company statement notes.

The statement further notes :
“Usage of the 3G Network account for less than 1% of Dialog’s data traffic and re-farming/allocation the 3G spectrum to support 4G Broadband will provide a much higher bandwidth and thereby a better experience to Dialog 4G Mobile Broadband customers. This announcement follows the Company’s decision in June 2022, to suspended issuance of new 3G connections as part of the 3G network shutdown initiative.”

“Dialog requests its 3G network users to switch to the 4G network as well as enable 4G data services on existing 4G devices to access Mobile Broadband services. To support the current 3G network users with the transition to 4G, Dialog offers a wide range of best-in-value 4G Smartphones, Dialog Lesi Pay instalment plans and free-of-charge 4G SIM upgrades which can be availed through its service network. Dialog will continue to maintain its 2G GSM network that would support the growing demand for voice services in addition to Voice over LTE offered through the 4G Network.”

“We apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused due to the shutdown of our 3G network, and we thank our customers for their patience and understanding as we refarm 3G spectrum to further improve our 4G mobile broadband network.”

However, customer complaints have been rampant on the existing services of Dialog Axiata.

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Sathosa slashes prices of 6 essential food items

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Lanka Sathosa has slashed the prices of six essential food items, with effective from tomorrow (26 Jan.).

The revised prices are as follows :

Dried Chillis – Rs. 1,700/kg
White Raw Rice (local) – Rs. 169/kg
Red Kekulu Rice – Rs. 179/kg
White Nadu Rice – Rs. 184/kg
Keeri Samba Rice – Rs. 235/kg
Red Dhal – Rs. 365/kg

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People’s Bank suspends decision to up interest rates

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People’s Bank has temporarily suspended its decision to increase loan interest rates to 15.5%

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House of Fashion brawl; two employees hospitalized

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Two employees of House of Fashion at Bambalapitiya who were injured during the recent brawl that took place with a customer have been admitted to the hospital.

During the conflict, the employees kicked and beat up the customer with sticks while the customer also attacked the employees.

The Bambalapitiya Police are investigating the incident and they have recorded statements from the customers yesterday (23). They are a couple residing in Maharagama.

Statements were recorded from the employees as well.

However, no one has been arrested in connection with this incident so far.

Cause of the brawl..

On January 21, a customer has complained that his vehicle had been blocked by another vehicle in the car park.

The vehicle owner blocking the customer’s car has parked the car in House of Fashion “parking” and had gone to another location.

Therefore, the customer had gone and complained to House of Fashion along with his wife resulting in an argument which had led to the brawl.

Excuses..

Meanwhile, the House of Fashion issued a statement yesterday (23).

It said, “We feel this incident has badly impacted our goodwill with the customers. We at House of Fashion always make sure that we do our best to protect our customers and do the best customer service at all times.”

One sided CCTV..

Meanwhile, House of Fashion had released CCTV footage obtained from one side to several media outlets.

They are shown below.

Customer recorded footage shared on social media:

Related news:
Police launches probe brawl at House of Fashion

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