Mobitel (Pvt.) Ltd. is a mobile network operator that provides GSM cellular services in Sri Lanka with its 2G, 3G, and 3.5G wireless infrastructures. The cellular network provides wireless broadband internet, local and international voice, and roaming services through its postpaid and prepaid platforms.
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The inception of Mobitel in 1993 made it the second entrant to Sri Lanka's previously untapped communications market. The network, which began as a joint partnership between Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) and Telstra, initially offered analog AMPS and TDMA coverage. In 2002, SLT confirmed its full acquisition of the mobile network, leading the way to Mobitel's rise in the local telecommunications industry.
In 2004, Mobitel joined the bandwagon when it launched its first GSM operations utilizing the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands. The infrastructures already supported EDGE and GPRS technology, which enabled subscribers to browse the internet at modest speeds. In the years that followed, Mobile has adopted the faster 3G and 3.5G technologies, ushering in a new era in wireless broadband connectivity. In May 2011, Mobitel became the first cellular network in South Asia to test 4G networks, which promise even much faster data connectivity to mobile users.
Despite all its efforts to keep its network infrastructures on par with the recent technologies, Mobitel maintains its appeal to its growing subscriber base because of its cost-effective prepaid plans, further increasing its market share in the Sri Lankan mobile market.
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