Employing state-of-the-art technologies and best practices from seven commercial 5G operations around the world, HUTCH began its trials for 5G in Sri Lanka, taking its first steps to transform communication on the island, just as 2020 saw a massive surge in internet usage and digital transformation.
In its inaugural 5G trial, HUTCH, who teamed up with Chinese equipment manufacturer ZTE, scored a speed of 1.8Gbps and had extremely low latency. This is the fastest 5G speed ever achieved by a Sri Lankan telco on a first trial.
The ground-breaking trial consisted of “several demonstrations and use cases of 5G”, including gaming, remote meeting, and high definition video playback. The difference in experience between 5G and 4G/3G was also demonstrated for participants to better appreciate the efficiency of 5G and what the future holds.
HUTCH Sri Lanka CEO, Thirukumar Nadarasa said of the trials, “This is indeed a special moment for all of us at HUTCH. As a company that seeks to exceed the expectations of our valued customers, the new HUTCH network is 5G-ready, fostering a new era of technological transformation. At HUTCH, we always believe in customer centric innovation and are proud to be at the cutting edge, demonstrating the latest and most advanced technologies to Sri Lanka.”
With the commercial launch date still unknown, it’s still great timing for HUTCH, who last year completed their merger with UAE’s Etisalat and was also recently ranked amongst the “Top 25 Most Visible Digital Brands in Sri Lanka” in the Digital Outlook Sri Lanka 2021 (Annual Market Insight Report by APIDM).