ri Lanka has always been the leader in innovative telecommunication technologies in the region and was also the first to introduce 3G and 4G LTE in South Asia. Having the highest level of mobile penetration level in the region as well as the world, Sri Lanka was also recognized as the country with the lowest entry level fixed broadband charges according to the “Measuring the Information Society 2012” report published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Mobile World Congress (MWC) held in Barcelona, Spain, organized by the GSM Association is the largest mobile related conference and exhibition in the world. Almost every mobile related company, association, organization and startup either exhibits or participates in this conference every year. The event this year was crowned the largest ever with more than 93000 visitors attending the event and an expanded exhibition area being added.
2015, was a notable year for Sri Lanka in terms of participating at MWC. Two of the most prominent heads of organizations were speakers at the event while, 6 Sri Lankan startups also exhibited for the first time in the sub-event called “4 Years From Now” while Dialog Axiata bagged two awards at the Global Mobile Awards.
Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya, Group Chief Executive, Dialog Axiata delivered a keynote presentation on The New Mobile Identity while Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, Founder, CEO and Chief Architect of WSO2 presented on Mobile Access, Authentication and Interoperability.