Mobitel (Pvt.) Ltd. is a mobile phone network in Sri Lanka. It is wholly owned by Sri Lanka Telecom. The network offers a variety of services and currently operates a GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA network. The operator launches 3.5G services. Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel is 1st 3.5 G operator in Sri lanka & South Asia. Mobitel is currently Operate 3.5G HSDPA network. It Cover most of the Cities and Main roads in Sri Lanka. Mobitel offers both prepaid and post paid services and is one with the lowest call charges.
Mobitel is Sri Lanka's most dynamic mobile telephony operator as well as one of the longest running. It is the 'National' mobile service provider in Sri Lanka. Since being acquired by SLT in 2002, it has grown in leaps and bounds and is now on par technologically with the very latest in the Sri Lankan telecommunications industry.
The company is continuing on its strategy which is positioned around ‘value innovation’ and ‘customer centricity’. Mobitel has a very strong brand image, with visibility at strategic locations.
Mobitel has shown their competitive position over the years in terms of formidable distribution, product suit and brand.The features and benefits built into the Innovative packages that they offer are all designed carefully with customer's best interest at heart, because as their slogan goes "We Care Always".
Mobitel was incorporated in 1993 as the second mobile-telephony provider to enter the Sri Lanka market. Originally a collaboration between Sri Lanka Telecom and Telstra Australia
, Mobitel has been wholly owned by SLT since November 2002.
Following the successful implementation and operation of an AMPS/TDMA network in the country, Mobitel launched its GSM operations in January 2004, with the deployment of a fully fledged GSM network in the 1800 MHz band which is EDGE/GPRS enabled. In 2005 and 2006, Mobitel traded the 800 MHz band for slots made available from the 900 MHz spectrum. With this enhancement, Mobitel embarked on a field trial of 3G at the 1st International Buddhist Conference held in 2006, setting the stage for the launch of its 3G services in Sri Lanka.
Investments committed to date for this state-of-the-art technology to provide 3G and GSM totals over US$ 200 million. This includes increasing the present number of base stations from 600 to 1,500 by the end of this year.
Mobitel operates a 3.5G network with HSDPA support and downlink speeds of up to 14.4 Mbit/s. Currently it has the fastest internet speeds in South Asia & is also serving customers with over over 910 GSM and 400 3G base stations islandwide. which is practically the Second largest 3G network in Sri Lanka.
Tariffs and packages
Mobitel offers SMART prepaid and Double M post paid packages.
Value Added Services
Mobitel offers a variety of value added services:
- Closed User Group services,
- SMS banking,
- M3 3.5G services (video calls, video message, HSDPA with uplink up to 1.98 Mbit/s and downlink up to 14.4 Mbit/s),
- menu based services (OTA) which are updated to the SIM card,
- International Roaming facilities in over 180 countries while including special services such as the Voice Notification messages which alert a person on roaming status and other features such as Call Home and SMS Roaming.
The company slogan is "We Care Always"