SLT appoints new CEO

18 January 2022

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has anamed Janaka Abeysinghe as its chief executive officer (CEO), replacing the incumbent Kiththi Perera who will be on overseas leave for two years to pursue higher studies.

Abeysinghe is an internal promotion, having joined SLT in 1991. In his present role, he leads the enterprise and wholesale business of SLT that provides integrated voice and data solutions to enterprises, government institutions, domestic telco operators and global wholesale carriers.

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Pakistan operators sign service deal

18 January 2022

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Pakistan’s state-funded operators have joined forces to develop telecommunications services in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) regions.

Regulator the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and the Special Communication Organisation (SCO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will see them share passive infrastructure, with SCO providing backhaul for the fixed wireless access (FWA) services that PTCL will launch via its 3500MHz spectrum.

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NT to start first 5G trials in June

18 January 2022

Nepal Telecom said it is ready to begin the country's first 5G technology trials from June this year.

Initially, the operator had targeted to begin trials from mid-July 2021, but the changes in the government delayed the plan, according to officials.

The fifth-generation or 5G technology standard for cellular broadband networks offers faster connections, higher throughput and more capacity than 4G, and will benefit areas of high traffic such as public places.

Nepal currently has 4G networks established in January 2017.

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Teletalk and Summit Towers pen tower-sharing deal

18 January 2022

Summit Towers has signed an agreement with Teletalk Bangladesh to share towers under government guidelines.

The former's managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) Md Arif Al Islam and Teletalk Bangladesh managing director Md Shahab Uddin signed the deal at the head office of the operator in Dhaka, according to a press release.

Muhammad Farid Khan, chairman of Summit Communications, a key shareholder of STL, and high officials from both companies were also present on the occasion.

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