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Huawei back in business with Google’s Android Q, Bluetooth, SD Association and Wi-Fi Alliance

Views - 107 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:05

Huawei announced that it was back in business with Google’s Android Q, Bluetooth, SD Association and the Wi-Fi Alliance. In light of the US trade ban, Huawei was left in the dust by numerous software companies and service providers. Since the relea

Hutch debuts ‘Common Card’ powering easy Prepaid Top-Ups for Hutch 078/072 customers

Views - 57 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:05

Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka, the fastest-growing mobile operator in Sri Lanka, recently concluded its acquisition of Etisalat’s local operations. Having completed the acquisition, both 078 and 072 mobile prefixes will continue to operate und

ICTA and LankaClear join hands to facilitate online payments

Views - 409 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:00

Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) and LankaClear Ltd. (LCPL) recently signed a ground-breaking agreement, which will result in greater convenience for Sri Lankan citizens to make online payments towards Government se

“US Govt. harming over 1,200 US companies by preventing business with Huawei”: Dr. Song Liuping

Views - 40 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:00

Preventing American companies from doing business with Huawei, the US Government will directly harm more than 1,200 US companies and will affect tens of thousands of American jobs, one of world’s leading ICT and Telecom giants – Huawei’s Chief

Singer partners Samsung in redefining ‘SMART TV’ with launch of Unbox Magic Series

Views - 87 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:00

Singer Sri Lanka PLC, the country’s leading consumer durable retailer takes pride in partnering Samsung for the last 12 years. Singer has been renowned over the years for their vast product portfolio of Samsung household appliances such as televisi

Sri Lankan start-ups introduced in Singapore

Views - 79 Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

Singapore-Sri Lanka Business Association in collaboration with Sri Lanka High Commission in Singapore launched the first session of its investor series 2019 under the theme: ‘Connecting Sri Lankan Start-ups to international investors’. The obj

Mitra Innovation CEO Ashok Suppiah wins ‘Technopreneur of the Year 2019’ at Global Leadership Award

Views - 49 Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

Celebrating rapid growth and commitment to innovation, Ashok Suppiah, the CEO of UK-based Mitra Innovation was named ‘Technopreneur of the Year 2019’ at the Global Leadership Awards 2019, held on 2 May at the Malaysian Trade and Exhibition Centr

Mobitel continues to demonstrate 5G

Views - 43 Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

Mobitel Ltd., the national mobile service provider in Sri Lanka, successfully demonstrated mobile 5G technology in Polonnaruwa, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday, 12 May at ‘Deepa Uyana’ Polonnaruwa. This signifies t

ASUS kicks off 30th anniversary with new launch

Views - 90 Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

Shevanka Kurumbalapitiya reporting from Taiwan ASUS, one of the leading computer and phone hardware and electronics companies in the world, celebrated its 30-year anniversary with a special line-up of products launched at Computex 2019. The world wi

ASUS captures audience with ScreenPad Plus

Views - 402 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 01:02

 ASUS introduced the very first ScreenPad Plus, a 14-inch secondary display positioned above the keyboard of the new ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo, at the special press event held on 27 May at Computex 2019, in celebration of its 30th anniversary in the indu

Smart Axiata partners with Global Wavenet to offer enhanced RBT in Cambodia

Views - 279 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 01:01

Cambodia’s leading mobile telecommunications operator, Smart Axiata, has partnered with Global Wavenet ( to offer value-added features to its existing Ring Back Tone (RBT) offering. The new RBT functionality deployed on Smart

Mobitel joins GSMA APAC IoT Partnership Program

Views - 153 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:59

Taking further strides in expanding its influence in the nascent Internet of Things (IoT) technologies space in Sri Lanka, Mobitel signed and exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding with the GSMA APAC IoT Partnership Program at the recently concluded

Samsung announces record breaking sales for Galaxy S10

Views - 72 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:58

Affirming Samsung’s heritage of creating stunning designs and feature-rich smartphones, the Galaxy S10 has set a new benchmark for performance in Sri Lanka, with its pre order sales of Galaxy S10 going through the roof – recording more than doubl

SLT signs BOI deal to install teleco equipment in 157 sites

Views - 129 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:57

Granting approval to install telecommunication equipment in 157 sites, the BOI signed an agreement with the national communication service provider, Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) recently. This approval was also permitted by the Telecommunication Regulator

KPMG named leader in Global Cyber Security Consulting Providers

Views - 41 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:57

KPMG has been named by Forrester Research as a leader among global cyber security consulting providers, also receiving one of the highest scores of any vendor evaluated in the `Current Offering’ category. “KPMG stands out with clear, concise, exe

ITC support propels Sri Lankan IT companies to Swedish outsourcing market

Views - 62 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:55

Seven Sri Lankan companies travelled to Stockholm to hold 70 business meetings with 20 Swedish companies interested in outsourcing to Sri Lanka. These meetings took place in the backdrop of the Digital Outsourcing Services Matchmaking Event organised

Hutch signs deal with BOI to boost telecom infrastructure

Views - 42 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:55

The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka signed a supplementary Agreement with Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka Ltd. to permit the enterprise to set up a warehouse facility to be used for storage at Diyabula Estate, Wattala. The Agreement was signed on

Hutch Lanka establishes stronger presence in SL with successful completion of Etisalat acquisition

Views - 1487 Monday, 27 May 2019 01:01

Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka Ltd., (Hutch Lanka) subsidiary of CK Hutchison Group (CKHH Group Hong Kong) has announced the successful completion and consolidation post-acquisition of Etisalat Lanka Ltd. Hutch Lanka has been operating in Sri Lan

Expolanka’s technology arm ‘ITX360’ set to take tech industry by storm

Views - 1001 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:58

Expolanka’s newly conceptualised technology and software development arm, ITX360 is geared to take the tech industry by storm by making available top-notch operational solutions for businesses that are both locally and globally established. Backed

Mobitel wins 3 Golds, 2 Silver at ACEF Global Customer Engagement Forum Awards in India

Views - 64 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:56

Mobitel walked away with five highly-coveted awards at the prestigious ACEF Global Customer Engagement Forum, which took place recently at the Westin Hotel in Mumbai, India. The eminent panel of judges at the ACEF awards bestowed two Gold awards on

SLANSHEI and SLASSCOM engage in strategic partnership to boost IT/BPM industry capacity

Views - 113 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:54

The Sri Lankan Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) announces the signing of a strategic partnership with the Sri Lanka Association of Non-State Higher Education Institutes (SLANSHEI), the umbrella organisation formed through the

Accelerating global growth through Sri Lankan ingenuity

Views - 127 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka is home to a rapidly growing ICT/BPM industry that thrives on innovation, tech development, and high-end service standards. Rather than going on the path of competing with other developing countries for headcount based outsourced businesses

Cricket and DOTA 2: Should be equally promoted for similar reasons

Views - 206 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:00

February 1982. Sri Lanka played its first test match. Following the age-old traditions, it had to be with England. Venue: P Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo. While Sri Lankan spectators had high hopes, Sri Lankan team under the captaincy of BandulaWarn

How are we doing in e-government?

Views - 253 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:47

It is customary to assess some aspect of the performance of a country using a composite index such as the Ease of Doing Business Index or the Network Readiness Index. For government services, there is the e-Government Development Index (EGDI), issued

Mitra Innovation Co-Founder peaks at MSMW 2019 in Kuala Lumpur

Views - 38 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:45

Mitra Innovation Co-Founder and Managing Director Dammika Ganegama spoke at the Malaysia Social Media Week 2019 which took place last week at MITEC, Kuala Lumpur. The event focussed on new trends in social and mobile media. Minister Dr. Anwar Ibrahi

Sony sees smartphone business as indispensable, says CEO

Views - 35 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:42

TOKYO (Reuters): Sony Corp sees the smartphone business as indispensable to its brand portfolio, its CEO said, bucking calls from some investors that the Japanese electronics firm should scrap the money-losing business. The smartphone business report

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G’s rear and selfie cameras score first place in DxOMark ranking

Views - 44 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:40

Samsung Electronics has announced that the Galaxy S10 5G has received the number one spots in DxOMark’s camera rankings for both its rear and front-facing cameras. DxOMark is the trusted independent testing standard for mobile camera image quality.

Huawei puts Honor above Android at new smartphone launch

Views - 56 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:39

LONDON (Reuters): Huawei put uncertainty over the future of its devices business to one side on Tuesday with the launch of new Honor smartphones, in a confident display of the Chinese firm’s technology. The world’s second-biggest phone maker runs

Japan takes India to WTO over mobile phone import duties

Views - 25 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:38

GENEVA (Reuters): Japan has complained at the World Trade Organization about India’s duties on mobile phones, base stations and routers, and the circuit boards and other components that go into them, a WTO filing showed on Tuesday. Japan’s compla

Aventude in strategic partnership with Infront Asia Pacific to enable end-to-end cloud solutions

Views - 262 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Aventude – the latest Sri Lankan-based digital transformation services company has announced that it is entering into a strategic partnership with Infront Asia Pacific – an award-winning pioneer regional specialist in cloud and data centre co

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