names Dialog Telekom the largest investor 2007
Dialog Telekom PLC Sri Lanka’s premier telecommunications
service provider was recognised as the single largest investor
in Sri Lanka at the Invest Sri Lanka (www.investsrilanka.com)
felicitation event hosted by the Board of Investment of Sri
Lanka (BoI). The BoI reviewed foreign direct investment
performance during 2007, with special emphasis on investments
realised by investing companies during the year. The BoI
recognised Dialog Telekom as the company with the highest level
of realised investment in 2007 totalling USD 328 million in
Dialog Telekom PLC secured the top slot in investment rankings
for the 3rd year in succession, having being recognised as Sri
Lanka’s largest investor in 2005 and 2006 with investments of
USD 90 million and USD 150 million respectively.
Commenting on Dialog Telekom’s contribution to the BoI’s
impressive performance in 2007, Dhammika Perera, Chairman of the
Board of Investment of Sri Lanka said, “We see investment as
perhaps the trigger of economic development which brings
employment, new businesses and transfers new technological and
managerial know-how to the host nation. Certainly, these
opportunities have come to pass through our long partnership
with Dialog Telekom, as we see a distinct growth in the ICT and
telecommunications industries in the last five years.”
Dialog Telekom investments have been made towards strengthening
the company’s mobile and fixed telecommunications, broadband and
digital television infrastructure, which have hitherto delivered
multi-dimensional dividends to the ICT sector and society at
2007 investments were predominantly directed towards large scale
expansion of services across all regions of Sri Lanka.
Associated infrastructure investments were also directed towards
expansion of the company’s GSM and 3G/3.5G HSPA mobile networks,
introduction of state-of-the-art Value Added Services and the
establishment of a Broadband transmission network based on Fibre
Optic and Microwave transmission technologies. Dialog also made
investments in Customer Service and other support
infrastructures with a view to expanding its network of support
centres across Sri Lanka.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Hans Wijeyasuriya, Group Chief
Executive of Dialog Telekom PLC said, “Dialog’s investments have
been consistently and single mindedly focused on elevating Sri
Lanka’s ICT infrastructure to world class standards, and to
delivering world class connectivity services to all Sri Lankan
citizens. Through an infrastructure investment programme, which
was inclusive and nationwide in nature and philosophy, we are
indeed proud that we have been able to make communications
affordable and available to all Sri Lankans. We are grateful to
our shareholders, led by our principal investor Telekom
Malaysia, and the BoI, TRCSL and other government agencies,
without whose commitment and support, this achievement would not
have been possible. Additionally and very significantly,
Dialog’s performance in terms of realised investment bears
testimony of the talent and efficiency in terms of project
implementation and execution of the Dialog Team and that of our
technology and implementation partners, who together have shown
that Sri Lanka can build and operate one of the regions most
advanced multi-service, convergent communications networks.
A substantial portion of the total investment realised by Dialog
and its subsidiaries was directed at fixed line Telephony and
WiMAX based Broadband Services via Dialog Broadband Networks (Pvt)
Ltd. (DBN), and Digital Television Broadcast Services via Dialog
Television (Pvt) Ltd. respectively.
With a subscriber base of over 4 million, Dialog Telekom is also
committed to delivering consistent and long term social
dividends to the country. The company is currently recognised as
one of the most preferred employers in the corporate sector and
employs over 4,000 Sri Lankans. Indirect employment generated by
Dialog is estimated at over 10,000 opportunities across the
company’s nationwide sales and distribution network.
unveils solid state drive notebook
Authorised distributors for ASUS in Sri Lanka and with a
turnover exceeding 2 billion, stated that ASUS, worldwide leader
in component and notebook computer design and manufacturing have
unveiled the long-anticipated 11-inch 2lb all-in-one notebook
featuring a 32GB solid state drive (SSD). The integration of SSD
allows the ASUS U2E to be shock resistant and reliable. As a
part of the effort to introduce eco-friendly notebook designs,
the upcoming U2E is energy efficient thanks to both its SSD and
the LED back-lit panel.
Sankha Jayaratne, Group Product Manager, EPSI Computers said,
ASUS has always focused heavily on research and development and
have a world class R & D team. This in turn helps in providing
it’s customers the best in innovation, technology and
reliability. He further added that in 2007, ASUS won 2568
awards. “That amounts to “7 awards a day in 2007!” It was also
ranked in Business Week’s ‘InfoTech 100’ for the 10th straight
year; and named the ‘Number One in Quality and Services’ by the
Wall Street Journal Asia.
Jayaratne also stated that this product will be available at our
showrooms, at The ASUS Centre, Colombo 4, Head Office, Galle
Road, Colombo 3 and Kurunegala. by the 1st week of May 2008.
Commenting further, he said that The U2 is designed and crafted
to deliver the highest level of luxury, and presents itself as a
bona fide lifestyle accessory that is infinitely useful and
versatile. The luxury feast extends to the notebook chassis,
where its unity of form and function is showcased with the
screen and keyboard designed to join seamlessly at the polished
plated hinge – reminiscent of a cufflink-inspired design. Hand
polished stainless steel frame and copper etch detailing exist
in sublime harmony with premium leather, creating an interplay
of warmth and cool high-tech aesthetic that mirrors the
principle of perfection attained from visual and tactile
Live Video Communication with ASUS Smart Logon Face Recognition
The high-resolution webcam module is one of the smallest lenses
available, and is integrated seamlessly into the U2’s LCD panel.
For hands-free access, the webcam is complemented with the
exclusive ASUS SmartLogon software that intelligently recognises
its rightful owner and grants access to the computer accordingly
after a positive facial scan.
Singhagiri Limited ties
up with SLT for high-tech solution
Lanka Telecom, the number one integrated communications service
provider in the country has signed an agreement with Singhagiri
Limited, a leading company with diverse businesses providing the
company with an advanced data communication solution. SLT will
be providing IP-VPN connectivity solutions for its island wide
branch network by connecting 28 locations including their head
office. SLT was successful in providing the total data
communication solution on an exclusive basis after a period of
SLT’s IP/VPN is capable of carrying voice and mission critical
data securely and reliably and it is one of the main services
SLT provides on SLT’s island-wide broadband network (IP/MPLS
backbone) for valued corporate customers.
Speaking on the significance of the agreement, Shanka Marasinghe,
Managing Director of Singhagiri Limited said, “The solution
provided by SLT goes a long way in adding value to our business
by enhancing capabilities, making operations smoother as well as
enabling us to offer more products and services to our
customers. This is set to cut down costs of inter branch data
communication as well as the increasing of productivity,
resulting in cost effective real time communications.”
“Through our unmatched services we are pleased to further
enhance the business capabilities of Singhagiri Limited, as it
is flexible as well as scalable, the solution will suit the
company’s future expansion needs. The most important value
Singhagiri Limited gets is to cut down costs of inter-branch
communication and the increasing of productivity, which would
result in cost effective real time communications,” Ajantha
Seneviratne, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of SLT said.
With this communication solution SLT will facilitate the smooth
operations of Singhagiri Limited by providing access to the
largest international bandwidth for broadband services through
SLTnet. It is the largest ISP in Sri Lanka having more than 2.6
Giga bps of international internet backbone, with multiple
access to global internet networks. SLTnet caters to the entire
community in the island, offering the best packages to suit each
individual’s or corporate needs.
and IWS GIS launch pioneer mobile Satellite Navigation System
Dialog Telekom PLC in partnership with IWS Geographical
Information Systems (Private) Limited (IWS GIS) announced this
April the launch of the country’s first ever Mobile Navigation
System. Dialog SatNav, a fully featured GPS based mobile
navigation system incorporates a digital street directory of
Colombo which includes Class A, B, C and D roads in the Colombo
Municipal Council area and suburbs. Dialog SatNav also covers
Class A and B roads across Sri Lanka.
The Dialog SatNav device enables users to navigate Sri Lanka’s
road network using satellite positioning. The digital maps which
form the heart of the navigation system support a range of
advanced features such as the identification of ‘places of
interest’ and ‘optimum routes.’ Dialog SatNav supports an
advanced user interface complete with audio and visual prompts
which serve to guide the user to a predefined destination.
Dialog SatNav also enables customers to view maps in 2D
(Dimension) or 3D (Dimension) format and to pre-configure
frequently used routes.
“We are proud to partner IWS GIS in bringing Dialog SatNav to
Sri Lankan consumers,” said Dr. Hans Wijeyasuriya Group Chief
Executive Officer of Dialog Telekom PLC. “We are committed to
connecting Sri Lankan consumers to the very latest in mobile
technology. Dialog SatNav brings together the power of Satellite
Global Positioning (GPS) technology and digital mapping by IWS
GIS to empower users with a premium navigation experience.”
Annika Senanayake, Chief Executive Officer of IWS GIS indicates
“This initial launch of Sri Lanka’s first ever voice prompted
navigational tool is an exciting venture especially for the
Geographical Information Systems Industry, and is quite
literally putting Sri Lanka on the Global Map. The continued
development of our databases strives to provide even more
comprehensive and value added information for the consumer.”
Dialog SatNav Street Navigator is available at Dialog Future
Centre, Future World, Modern Arcade, Anuradhapura, Kandy, Galle,
Kurunegala and World Trade Centre.
scholarships to UCSC undergrads
Setting precedence, MillenniumIT awarded four scholarships to
undergraduates from the University of Colombo School of
Computing (UCSC) last week. The scholarships, granted to second
year students following Degree programmes in Computer Science
and the Bachelor of Information Computer Technology (BICT) were
based on academic performance and financial need.
Speaking at the ceremony held at the UCSC Auditorium, Ms.
Samanthie Gunasekara, Head of People Management and Development,
MillenniumIT, said the scope within the IT industry is enormous
and, therefore it is up to these students to excel and create a
positive impact in the ICT sector in the country. “We need a
newer generation of great minds to keep us in the global ICT
She added that it is important for these students to focus on
academics and not have to worry about financial constraints that
so often take their focus away from studies. “We also hope that
in the ensuing years, these scholarships will encourage other
students to follow their dreams.”
The selection criterion includes academic performance and
interviews with members of the review committee. Three
second-year undergraduates from the Computer Science programme
and one from the BICT were selected.
“It is an honour to team up with MillenniumIT and we appreciate
their initiative to support the needs of students,” said Dr.
Anoja Dharmaratne, Coordinator at the Professional Development
Center, UCSC. “We know how much a scholarship means to these
students and encourage other companies to follow this example.”
MillenniumIT also has a scholarship programme for undergraduates
in the faculty of engineering of the University of Moratuwa.
Besides a financial grant provided for personal expenses, the
students receive many other benefits such as having the
opportunity of undergoing industry training.
Toshiba to prosecute toner
Pvt. Ltd. (TSP) has embarked on a rigorous campaign in Sri
Lanka, to search out persons selling counterfeit toners for
photocopying machines bearing the Toshiba trademark. The
initiative is part of TSP’s programme of protecting the brand
name of Toshiba Original Toners, and is the first of many such
initiatives to be carried out in the region by Toshiba.
“We are committed to ensuring that our valued customers get the
best in terms of quality and reliability when they buy Toshiba
Original Toners. We are deeply concerned that they may,
unsuspectingly, be recipients of fake and inferior Toshiba
toners that can cause heavy damages to their photocopiers and
could even result in totally incapacitating the photocopiers,”
said Jun Kanamori, Senior Manager, International Operations,
Electronic Imaging Dept. of Toshiba Singapore.
Consequent to the investigations, Toshiba filed three actions in
the Colombo Magistrate Court and one in the Maligakanda
Magistrate Court under the Intellectual Property Act. Search
warrants were thereafter obtained from Court and the relevant
locations raided. This resulted in the seizing of a large
quantity of counterfeit Toners and Toner Powder Bags, which were
produced in Court.
Two of the cases have already been concluded, with the accused
traders pleading guilty to the charges and paying Toshiba
company monetary compensation.
Jeevantha Jayatilake, AAL with Muditha Abeyratne and Thilanka
Polgampola appeared for the Toshiba Corporation of Japan.
Toshiba being a trade mark registered in Sri Lanka, receives
protection under Intellectual Property Act No. 13 of 2003. The
fact that Toshiba is a trade mark registered in Sri Lanka,
precludes all third parties from using the mark in whatever
form, unless and otherwise express permission has first been
obtained from the registered owner. Any third party who
infringes the registered owner’s rights by forging the mark
and/or using a mark similar to the registered mark and/or using
the mark in any way which is detrimental to the interests of the
registered owner, commits an offence in terms of sections 184
and 186(4) of the Intellectual Property Act.
Toshiba controls about 35% of the market share in photocopy
machinery. Toshiba is a registered trademark in Sri Lanka and
worldwide and is a leading name in photocopy machinery and other
hSenid expands to the
Solutions proves that, it’s a true global player by marketing
its quality software solutions, in Africa. ‘We are proud to call
hSenid, as a true multinational company, as it has kept steps
beyond boundaries for the past 10 years’ says, Dinesh Saparamadu,
CEO hSenid Business Solutions.
The reason behind the success story is that, Africa’s leading
health development organisation, that is working across
sub-Saharan Africa to improve health has signed up with hSenid
Business Solutions (a subsidiary of hSenid Software
International), to obtain a totally integrated Human Resource
Management and Development solution, to manage their entire
hSenid is also proud to announce that, we were able to sign up
with two more research centres in Africa, under the Consultative
Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), which is a
strategic alliance of members, that mobilises science, to
benefit the poor. They have decided to obtain a totally
integrated Human Resource Management and Development solution,
from one of the most preferred software solution providers in
The combination includes, a company focused on bringing
high-quality science and capacity-building, to bear on poverty
reduction and sustainable development and a company, which
carries out research and pilot projects on agroforestry, towards
mitigating tropical deforestation, land depletion and rural
poverty, through improved agroforestry systems.
With the experience of over 10 years in developing software
solutions, hSenid is confident, of providing a fully web-based
HRIS solution, that will bring the industry’s best HR processes,
to our clients globally and locally. The solution will fine tune
and streamline HR processes and make it more efficient, at
making life easy for the HR staff, as well as for the employees.
hSenid Business Solutions, Sri Lanka’s number 1 HRIS solutions
provider has offered software solutions, for more than 450
corporates in the region and continues to expand its presence,
in the world. hSenid’s client portfolio includes some of the
industry giants, such as Sri Lanka Telecom, Tigo, Mobitel,
Brandix, Sri Lankan Airlines, Hilton Colombo Residence, Union
Assurance, CTC, Jetwing Group, Metropolitan Group of Companies,
DIMO, Hayleys Fibre Cluster, Ceylinco Insurance and many more.
With the growing number of staff strength and with a 24/7
dedicated support centre, hSenid stands tall as a multinational
company, moving to the global arena, as one of the most
preferred software solutions providers in the world.
First winners of Tigo
Nokia 3110 promotion
Tigo, as part of
their first year celebrations, launched the ‘Win a Nokia
Everyday’ campaign thus taking SMS competitions to the next
As a result of this promotion, Tigo subscribers were able to win
a brand new Nokia 3110 everyday.
To participate in this competition, all a Tigo subscriber needed
to do was simply to SMS the word GPRS to 7272. With just one SMS
a subscriber can enter the draw, while sending more SMS, which
will obviously increase the chances of his or her winning.
Millicom International Cellular launched a successful new 3 As
business strategy with the central themes of Affordability,
Accessibility and Availability through investments in network
and distribution with the objective of bringing to the market
innovative first time services, friends and family offerings and
reliable business solutions.
Kyocera Mita Singapore links with PC House Pvt
A team of delegates from Kyocera
Mita Singapore (KMSG), a leading service provider for Office
Automation in South East Asia, congregated with the executive
board of PC House Ltd., a leading IT solutions provider in Sri
Lanka, on a market viability study visit at PCH Holdings office
in Colombo, recently.
A company spokesman said, the primary objective of the visit
was, to launch the exciting range of world renowned Kyocera
photocopier to the local market. Growing trends and business
opportunities available in the Sri Lankan Office Automation
market, was also discussed.
Toshio Furumoto - Managing Director, and Simon Ching, Assistant
Export Sales Manager represented Kyocera Mita Singapore (KMSG)
while M. H. M. Rishan - Chairman of PCH Holdings, Jude Fernando
Chief Executive Officer – OAC, Ravi Fernandopulle, General
Manager – OAC and M. Ikram, Chief Financial Officer from PCH
Holdings participated for the occasion.