Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd introduced Dual Carrier HSPA+ (DC-HSPA+) recently, encroaching on a market that had thus far been under Etisalat’s sole control. There are few speed comparisons as of yet, but Mobitel is claiming the title of “fastest in Sri Lanka” – time and speed testing will tell if they indeed take this throne. At the moment, the purely theoretical maximum of 42 Mbps is all we have to go on.
This news follows on the heels of the Mobitel successful trial of 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network tech and several deals with ZTE Corporation and Huawei Technologies, suggesting that Mobitel is seriously ramping up their service: apparently over one thousand seven hundred 2G/3G and 4G LTE base stations are destined to be deployed all over the country.
Judging by some of the comments on this post on their fan page, Mobitel stands to gain a lot from the these stations, including a much-needed boost to existing network coverage.
Nevertheless, the more competition there is in a space, the better (and cheaper) it is for the consumer. Mobitel has got SLT’s fibre network to build on, so this COULD lead to some serious speed wars as the two companies try to outperform each other.
Keep in mind that DC-HSPA+ can be accessed only via the use of a Dual Carrier HSPA+ compatible dongle – they’re available now at selected Mobitel outlets.