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Tuesday, 5th December 2017

Innovative Mobitel stall at Techno 2017 and INFOTEL 2017 wins key awards

Mobitel, Sri Lanka’s National Mobile Service Provider, won several prestigious awards at the National Engineering and Technology Exhibition, Techno 2017, and at INFOTEL 2017 held recently. Mobitel bagged the Gold award for Best Display of Engineering services and Silver award for Best Demonstration at Techno 2017.  Mobitel also bagged an award at INFOTEL 2017 for the best stall. Both of which are premier technology platforms in the industry.
 
The Mobitel Stall at Techno 2017 was displayed under the theme “Driving innovation with technology for a smart nation” with an overall stall concept design to offer a novel experience to the visitor. Visitors were given the opportunity to experience all the segments or to join a guided tour with demonstrations at each zone. The main segments of the stall were virtual reality and entertainment experience, drone application demonstration and flying, connected urban agriculture with focus on smart hydroponics, smart aquaponics systems, and Applications of NB-IoT. This was the first ever NB-IoT technology (Narrow Band Internet of Things) showcase in South Asia. By empowering visitors to experience first-hand all the new technology trends, the stall inevitably created an interesting, energetic and lively environment, becoming the centre of attraction at Techno 2017, leading to it winning two key awards.
 
This year’s INFOTEL stall of Mobitel was themed as “Connecting the smart nation with Mobitel”. The main focus areas were NB-IoT technology and related applications, connected urban agriculture with focus on smart aeroponics, smart hydroponics, and smart aqaponics and virtual reality and entertainment.
 
Mobitel’s innovative services are enhancing communication, technology, health, and IT literacy opportunities for citizens by boosting data usage through solutions that meet customers’ daily usage requirements to enhance their lives.
 
 
Mobitel General Manager – Network Operations Viresh Dassanayake, Mobitel General Manager – Enterprise Business Prabhath Gamage, Mobitel Senior General Manager - Engineering & Operations Rasantha Hettithanthrige, IESL President Elect, Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, Mobitel  Manager - PS Core Network Planning Uditha Chandrasena, Mobitel Manager - Product Service Innovation Gayangi Karunaratne and Mobitel Senior Executive – Business Solutions Subashith Thissera holding the awards received and Techno and INFOTEL 2017.
 
 
NB-IOT Connected Gas leakage detector designed by Mobitel showcased at TECHNO 2017.
 
 
Showcasing of the ‘Connected Urban Agriculture’ at TECHNO 2017 by Mobitel.
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, 18th October 2017

Mobitel Launches South Asia’s first NB-IoT Network at Techno 2017 in Sri Lanka

Mobitel, Sri Lanka’s National Mobile Service Provider showcased the nascent NB-IoT technology (Narrow Band Internet of Things) for the first time in South Asia at the recently concluded Techno 2017 exhibition in Sri Lanka which took place from the 13th-15th of October 2017. 
 
Mobitel’s vibrant demonstration at Techno 2017 inspired all attendees of the exhibition to experience for themselves the NB-IoT technology as their technology of choice for Low Power Wide Area connectivity needs. Mobitel showcased NB-IoT as a powerful technology in urban farming and home safety systems. Mobitel’s innovative deployment of NB-IoT interleaved on its 900MHz spectrum ensured an increase in 7 times the typical mobile coverage, enabling its use for sensors deep within concrete structures or underground such as required for smart meters or disaster monitoring sensors.
 
Mobitel Chairman, P. G. Kumarasinghe Sirisena was proud that Mobitel had delivered real-life solutions to the often overlooked rural community of Sri Lanka. He cited Mobitel’s NB-IoT technology as a vital component in increasing the productivity of Sri Lanka’s overall output through simple low-cost automation solutions provided by the Mobitel Network. 
 
Mobitel Chief Executive Officer, Nalin Perera highlighted Mobitel’s emphasis on living up to its ‘We Care. Always.’ motto. He went on to say that the NB-IoT network roll-out reinforced the company’s vision to expand its IoT business on top of the already successful home automation solutions delivered through the X Station store. He concluded with a strong message to all the people of Sri Lanka saying ‘Mobitel NB-IoT is for everyone and is not a luxury product. As a company we are socially aware of our responsibilities and we continue to make investments that will bridge the digital divide between the urban and rural communities’. 
 
Rasantha Hettithanthrige, Mobitel’s Senior General Manager - Engineering & Operations, noted the high enthusiasm & the knowledge of attendees at the exhibition judging by the interactive discussions between Mobitel’s Engineering team and the attendees of the exhibition. “I must credit our team on the delivery and public demonstration of Sri Lanka’s first NB-IoT network. The attendees of this exhibition were technically savvy, and quickly understood the technical challenges in delivering a NB-IoT Network, which in fact it is quite different to our existing LTE network. Mobitel has given all Sri Lankans a chance to physically witness and see for themselves the power of the Mobitel Network, rather than just reading about it.”
 
The long queues gathering around the Mobitel stall at Techno 2017 certainly bore testament to Mobitel’s credibility as a pioneer in technology for the masses.
 
 
 
Monday, 4th September 2017

Mobitel organizes MedHack, the first-ever Medical Hackathon in Sri Lanka

MedHack is Sri Lanka’s first ever Hackathon for the health sector organized by Mobitel, the National Mobile Service Provider of Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine and the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka. MedHack aims to innovate solutions for the health sector and bring medical and health professionals together with tech experts and problem solvers to address the challenges faced by the Sri Lankan health sector. This is yet another initiative spearheaded by Mobitel that focuses on the development of digital health sector along with the addition of a pioneer in digital health services and Sri Lanka’s largest doctor channeling network, eChanneling to its portfolio.  
 
During the initial step of the competition, anyone can visit the web site https://mic.lk/medhack/ and submit a problem they have faced in the health sector that can be solved or improved with technology. The collected problems will be reviewed by experts in health sector and a list of competitive challenges will be compiled based on these problems, which will be published on the web site https://mic.lk/medhack/. Along with published challenges, Hackathon registrations will be opened from 25th August to 14th September. Teams will then be shortlisted based on the received applications and the selected teams for the Hackathon will be announced on 18 September. The Hackathon will take place on 23rd September at the Mobitel Innovation Centre at Trace Expert City and will continue till 24th September.
 
This initiative will nurture the Digital Services eco system of Mobitel and Sri Lanka as a whole. As a way forward, Mobitel together with the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine and the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka will be supporting the selected teams in realizing their solutions and nurturing them to success. For registrations and further information on the Hackathon visit https://mic.lk/medhack/.
 
 
Image (L – R): Mr. Indika De Zoysa - Senior Consultant at ICT Agency of Sri Lanka, Dr. S. Sridaran - Deputy Director General (Planning), Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Mr. P. G. Kumarasingha Sirisena - Chairman, Sri Lanka Telecom & Mobitel, Mr. Saman Perera – Group Chief Information Officer, Sri Lanka Telecom & Mobitel, Mr. Prabhath Gamage - General Manager, Enterprise Business
 
 
Image - Mr. P. G. Kumarasingha Sirisena - Chairman, Sri Lanka Telecom & Mobitel