Dialog Telekom, Sri Lanka's flagship telecommunications company, operates Dialog GSM, the country's largest mobile phone network. Dialog is a subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia International BhD and is the largest company in terms of market capitalisation in the Colombo Stock Exchange (approx USD 1.73 Billion as of 31 March 2007) representing 21.7 per cent of the market value of the Colombo Stock Exchange. The company is also a key player in the Internet service provision market with its state of the art ISP, Dialog Internet, and also operates Dialog SAT, the country's pioneer mobile satellite service provider. Furthermore, having made an aggressive entry in to the international services market, Dialog Global has established itself as a premier provider of international services in Sri Lanka.
Dialog Telekom is a flagship investor under the aegis of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka and has invested over USD500 million towards the development of telecommunications infrastructure in Sri Lanka. The company recently slashed rates in the market through an innovative lifetime discount package, which gives 50 per cent off the existing charge from the third minute onwards.
Dialog Telekom is the official partner for Sri Lanka of the Vodafone mobile community
GSM Mobile Core Business
Dialog GSM has spearheaded the mobile industry in Sri Lanka since mid-90s propelling it to a level of technology on par with the developed world. The company operates a 3G GSM
network, supporting the very latest in multimedia and mobile Internet services, and also provides International Roaming facilities in over 190 countries. Dialog GSM is the country's largest cellular network providing services to over 4.5Mn customers across all provinces of the island, accounting for approx 60% share of the country's mobile sector and 45% of total telecommunications subscribers. The company is also the South Asia's 1st commercial 3G
Dialog currently has the largest 3G coverage in Sri Lanka with over 500 (approx. 40% islandwide coverage) base stations with support for Video Calls, Mobile TV and Broadband internet. Broadband speed claims to be 7.2 Mbit/s but actual speed is no where near and maximum speed achievable is less than 1 Mbit/s Supplementary Businesses
Dialog Telekom has ventured into two main supplementary telecommunications related businesses based on licenses acquired from the GoSL.
Dialog Internet was launched in 2001 with the primary intention of developing the IP infrastructure required for leadership in a convergent environment. While this objective has been achieved manifold, the company has also established a retail ISP – Dialog I which currently provides services to over 6,000 subscribers.
Dialog has been quick to capitalize on the liberalization of the International Telecommunications Sector in Sri Lanka. The International services of the company now include retail and wholesale voice services and IPLC services. Building on a rapid role out of services and global partnerships, International Services now account for 10% of the company’s PAT.
On 11th May 2008 Dialog Telecom signed an agreement with [ezetop
to provide mobile phone recharge to the Diaspora across the world. Top up is available in ezetop retail locations and online on their website.
Asset Media is a subsidiary of Dialog Telekom Ltd., and is licensed by the Ministry of Media to provide Television Broadcasting services, delivery of Pay Television and Cable Television Services and the operation of a Television broadcasting station.
Dialog TV is a Direct to Home Satellite Television Service operated by Asset Media, a subsidiary of Dialog Telekom Limited. Dialog TV features world class entertainment and the widest spectrum of channels with a special focus on News, Entertainment and Knowledge based programming. It supports a broad array of International content including CNN
, Discovery Channel
and Cartoon Network
, in addition to a wide portfolio of Sri Lankan television channels. Dialog Satellite TV uses state of the art Digital Video Broadcasting through Satellite (DVB-S
) technology, and aims to be a trend-setter in Digital Satellite Television Broadcasting in Sri Lanka.
Dialog Broadband Networks, a fully owned subsidiary of Dialog Telekom PLC, is an Internet Service Provider which provides CDMA
and a public Wi-Fi network.
It recently commenced the provision of fixed wireless telephony services, with the launch of Dialog CDMA. The Dialog CDMA coveraged some part of the country.