Dialog has chosen Ericsson to provide M2M connectivity delivered as a service. Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform will give Dialog great flexibility in developing innovative M2M products and services for enterprises in Sri Lanka. Dialog currently addresses M2M services across diverse vertical industries, including utilities, finance, telematics and transport.

Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Dialog, is set to implement the Ericsson Device Connection Platform, delivered as a service by Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC). The solution will provide Dialog and its customers with everything they need to deploy, manage and monetize millions of machine-to-machine (M2M) connections. Dialog has been at the forefront of innovation in the telecommunications industry and is the first in Sri Lanka to launch an M2M platform.

Jeremy Huxtable, Group Chief Officer at Dialog Enterprise said: "We want our customers to benefit from state-of-the-art functionalities to deploy, scale, and operate millions of M2M connections. M2M also allows for simplified and improved processes, and this brings us a step forward in capitalizing on existing assets to drive market leadership of M2M in Sri Lanka."

The Ericsson Device Connection Platform will enable Dialog to increase revenue and cut both operational costs and time–to-market. The platform will allow Dialog's enterprise customers to monitor devices anytime and anywhere, access information quickly and accurately, and integrate easily into existing systems over the complete device life cycle.

Ericsson will also use its local and global consulting and systems integration expertise to accelerate Dialog's M2M go-to-market plans. Alongside this, the ecosystem created by the Ericsson Device Connection Platform will help generate business growth for the operator as well as its customers and partners.

In a world of 50 billion connected devices as envisaged by Ericsson, many devices will communicate with applications and control systems using mobile networks. Both enterprises and consumers will make use of numerous everyday devices that benefit from M2M connectivity at home, at work, on the move, in remote locations and elsewhere.

Todd Ashton, President of Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka, said: "Ericsson continues to be a committed business partner to Dialog and we are very pleased to work with them to bring our Networked Society vision to life in Sri Lanka. We see a world with 50 billion connected devices in the next few years, and our platform will allow Dialog and its customers to take advantage of these connections.

"Dialog customers will benefit from continuous and sustainable, long-term competitive solutions based on Ericsson’s global service leadership and R&D capabilities, ensuring efficient and reliable connectivity for their devices."

Ericsson has been a key contributer to the rapidly evolving M2M industry. Among Ericsson’s many awards in this area of industry, recent accolades include the 2012 M2M Evolution Product of the Year for its Connected Vehicle Cloud, the 2012 Smart Grid Product of the Year Award for its Smart Grid Communications Management solution, and the 2012 Network and Communications Award for its innovative solution for Smart Meter Communications.

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About Ericsson Device Connection Platform

A managed connectivity platform, the Ericsson Device Connection Platform is a service allowing mobile operators and MVNOs to provide wholesale M2M connectivity to enterprises. It enables operators to address new revenue streams from a vast variety of devices while simplifying the process and reducing the cost of connecting them – benefiting from economies of scale. The platform provides access to key functionalities including subscription and device management, and operator and enterprise self-service portals.

About Dialog

Dialog Axiata PLC, a subsidiary of Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata), operates Sri Lanka’s largest and fastest growing mobile telecommunications network. The Company is also one of the largest listed companies on the Colombo Stock Exchange in terms of market capitalization. Dialog is also Sri Lanka's largest Foreign Direct Investor (FDI) with investments totalling over USD 1.5 billion.

Dialog has been at the forefront of innovation in the mobile industry in Sri Lanka since the late 90’s, propelling the nation’s mobile telephony infrastructure to a level of advancement on par with the developed world. The company delivers advanced mobile telephony and high speed mobile broadband services to a subscriber base in excess of 8 Million Sri Lankans, via 2.5G and 3G/3.5G and 4G networks. In April 2013, the company secured the distinction of becoming the first service provider in South Asia to launch mobile 4G FD-LTE services. The company was also the first service provider in South Asia to launch 3G services in 2006. Dialog also provides a comprehensive suite of International Roaming Services across a global footprint comprising of more than 200 countries, and operates a wide portfolio of international telecommunication services, including but not limited to retail and wholesale international voice and data services.

Dialog Axiata supplements its market leading position in the Mobile Telecommunications sector with a robust footprint and market presence in Sri Lanka’s Fixed Telecommunications and Digital Television markets through its fully owned subsidiaries Dialog Broadband Networks (Private) Ltd (DBN) and Dialog Television (Private) Ltd., (DTV).

DBN is Sri Lanka’s second largest Fixed Telecommunications provider. DBN serves residential and enterprise customers with voice, broadband, lease lines and customized telecommunication services. DBN has the distinction of being the first telecommunications operator in Sri Lanka to launch 4th Generation LTE High Speed Broadband Services. DBN is also a leading provider of Radio and Optical Fibre based transmission infrastructure facilities. DTV operates a Direct-to-Home (DTH) Digital Satellite TV service and is the market leader in Sri Lanka’s Pay TV sector. DTV supports a broad array of international and local content in both Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) formats alongside a wide portfolio of Sri Lankan television channels and delivers high quality infotainment to a viewer base in excess of 275,000 Sri Lankan Households.

Dialog is an ISO 9001 certified company and has received numerous local and international awards including the National Quality Award, Sri Lanka Business Excellence Award, and 3 successive GSM World Awards. At the SLIM-Nielsen People's Choice Awards 2013, Dialog was voted by Sri Lankan consumers as the Telecom Service Provider of the Year in addition to being named the Internet Service Provider of the Year.

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