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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
 
Monday, 27th March 2017

Mobitel launches first “Smart Bus Halt” in Sri Lanka

 
The National Mobile Service Provider Mobitel takes a pioneering step forward in the transformational change of Colombo in to a Smart City with its state-of-the-art Smart Bus Halt situated at Town Hall, Colombo. This significant step, spearheaded by the Mobitel Innovation Center, showcases the ways in which touch of technology can propel the experience of an everyday commuter to new heights.
 
In line with the brand promise of Mobitel - we care always; the smart bus halt is equipped with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi with the aim of delivering superior service quality and an exceptional user experience to the customer. A Smart Vending machine at the premises is also ready to dispense beverages with a touch of your mobile, highlighting the effectiveness of cashless payments. For a limited time, the machine will also provide thirst –quenching relief to Mobitel customers, by allowing them access to a free chilled bottle of water via a simple SMS command.
 
The interactive touch screen at the Smart Bus Halt with its integrated facial analytics has the ability to customize onscreen content to suit the audience based on a multitude of characteristics such as age and gender. It also doubles as a self-service information portal with information on bus routes, train routes/time tables and localised details of ATMs etc. which will provide immense value to commuters.
 
In its quest to be at the forefront of technology Mobitel’s Smart Bus Halt, in-line with its IoT (Internet of Things) initiative is equipped with state-of-the-art environment sensors which monitor a variety of factors such as temperature, humidity, noise level and toxic gas concentrations. The data gathered from these sensors will enable the monitoring of air quality on a routine basis which will be of value to society. Among the many facilities accessible to commuters, the Smart Bus Halt will also be equipped with a mobile phone charging station.
 
The Smart Bus Halt is the first step of a in a large scale deployment of similar ventures both in the Colombo City and across the island. In its vision to spearhead the ICT transformation of Sri Lanka, Mobitel together with the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure has been at the forefront of innovation and it will continue to expand its technology footprint and serve the nation as the national mobile service provider.
 
 
 
Caption – The first “Smart Bus Halt” by Mobitel at Town Hall, Colombo.
 
 
 
Caption – The opening of the first Mobitel “Smart Bus Halt” by the Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Hon. Harin Fernando, Sri Lanka Telecom and Mobitel Chairman Mr. P. G. Kumarasinghe Sirisena.  Also present was Mobitel Chief Operating Officer Mr. Nalin Perera.
Thursday, 16th March 2017

Mobitel receives award for Company of the Year for Innovation at IAIR Awards in Hong Kong  

The National Mobile Service Provider, Mobitel received the prestigious award for “Company of the Year for Innovation” at the Le Fonti IAIR Awards held in Hong Kong recently. The award was presented to Mobitel for its outstanding performance in the field of innovative service offerings and for its leadership in the ICT field in Sri Lanka. Mobitel is the first operator in Sri Lanka to achieve this international award and recognition. 
 
The IAIR awards are held by Editrice Le Fonti SRL (a part of IAIR Group) is a research institute and a global independent publishing house with its headquarters in Milan. With more than 10 years in the publishing field, it is one of the fastest growing magazines worldwide concerning Excellence in Innovation & Leadership. The IAIR Awards is one of the world’s leading ranking systems and hosts award ceremonies in Excellence in Innovation & Leadership and is made up of the scientific committee of IAIR and IAIREVIEW.org along with a team of dedicated legal, economic and financial journalists in over 120 countries worldwide. 
 
Mobitel has always been in the forefront of innovation by offering the latest mobile telephony services, high-speed broadband, Enterprise Solutions and a host of Value Added Services. Mobitel also has innovative product offerings such as its mCash platform for financial transactions, mTicketing platform for pre booking of train, bus, movie & air ticketing and has also taken digital healthcare to the next level by including eChannelling PLC, the largest Doctor channeling network in Sri Lanka, to its portfolio strengthening its vital position in the Mobile Telecommunications industry in the country. Mobitel was the pioneer in South Asia to launch a Super 3.5G network, to successfully demonstrate HSPA + MIMO technology and successfully trial 4G-LTE and 4.5G-LTE Advanced Pro technology. The introduction of Dual Carrier HSPA+ technology and 4G-LTE service makes SLT Mobitel’s broadband speeds the fastest in the country.
 
 
 
 
Caption – Mobitel Head of Administration Wajira Perera receiving the award on behalf of Mobitel for “Company of the Year for Innovation” from the President of the LeFonti Group Guido Giommi at the IAIR Awards 2017 in Hong Kong.