Sri Lankan mobile network operator company Bharti Airtel Lanka has tested 5G infrastructure over a commercial network and recorded the highest ever Internet speed in the country.
Ashish Chandra, managing director and CEO of the Sri Lankan subsidiary of the Indian multinational telecommunications company Bharti Airtel, was quoted by local media as saying that live trials of 5G over a commercial network resulted in an Internet speed of over 1.9 gigabytes per second.
Chandra said that Airtel Sri Lanka's existing 4G infrastructure is ready to be transitioned to 5G service, allowing for a seamless transition to the next generation of networking’.
Airtel Lanka is using trial frequency allocations in the 3500MHz band utilising 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) network technology.
“Our high-speed network will have a huge impact on the lives of our customers by empowering them and is in line with our vision to provide to every citizen of our country a world-class network at the most affordable price. It is a proud moment for everyone at Airtel,” Ashish said.
He added that Airtel 5G is fully equipped to deliver up to 10 times more speed, 10 times lower latency, and 100 times concurrency compared to existing technologies. "Building on the company’s significant investments towards network upgrades, the commencement of 5G trials puts Airtel among the world’s latest in mobile technology and network innovations," he claimed.