Dialog Enterprise partners NetFoundry to launch Network-as-a-service
In a strategic partnership with NetFoundry, the leaders in cloud-native zero trust networking, Dialog Enterprise, the corporate solutions arm of Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider Dialog Axiata PLC (Dialog), announced the introduction of Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) for its enterprise customers. Pioneering the journey of a digital ecosystem orchestrator, Dialog Enterprise together with NetFoundry, will be offering services around application connectivity and robust network security. With this solution, Dialog Enterprise facilitates the work-from-anywhere (WFA) reality by providing reliable, secure data that can be delivered from anywhere at any time with improved performance and efficiency over a standard internet connection.
Catering to the new normal of WFA, it is imperative that security is tightened when operating outside of the trusted corporate network. More emphasis has to be put on securing all connected devices through public cloud, private cloud or on-premises servers. The joint solution delivers enhanced zero trust security and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) capabilities. Enterprise customers can now confidently embrace the cloud with fast, secure, and efficient access to its services. Delivered as Network-as-a-service, the connection setup does not require hardware or physical networks allowing organisations to spin-up zero trust, application-specific networks in minutes and charge per the actual usage.
Speaking on this occasion, Venura Mendis, Head of ICT Business of Dialog Axiata PLC stated “The partnership with NetFoundry will be a key milestone in Dialog Enterprise’s journey as a digital enabler for Sri Lankan businesses as this presents an ideal solution for remote workers with the new normal working conditions by not only securely connecting end points but also integrating with public cloud services like AWS, Microsoft, Google, and private cloud or local datacentres.”
“We are pleased to partner with Dialog Axiata, one of Sri Lanka’s largest telecommunication service providers who have been in the vanguard of innovation in the mobile industry.” stated Dipesh Ranjan, VP and MD of NetFoundry Asia Pacific. He further added “Together, we are addressing the challenges brought about by the pandemic by providing zero trust Network-as-a-service. We’re bringing agility, security, and speed that traditional connectivity solutions can’t match to drive innovation and business success.”
Zero trust networking surpasses the traditional approach of trusting devices within defined boundaries or devices connected to specific VPNs. This next-generation connectivity solution enables enterprises to connect to any cloud, any edge, any app, any datacentre, any IoT environment in minutes with increased performance, heightened security at a much lower cost.
Share investors worried over Wealth and Heritage tax
By Hiran H Senewiratne
CSE trading kicked off on a positive note yesterday but the momentum could not be sustained for long owing to investor worries that the government is planning domestic debt restructuring involving the imposition of a wealth and heritage tax on citizens, market sources said.
Amid those developments both indices moved downwards. The All -Share Price Index went down by 131 points and S and P SL-20 declined by 46.8 points. Turnover stood at Rs 3.4 billion with four crossings. Those crossings were reported in Agalawattte Plantations, which crossed 45.3 million shares to the tune of Rs 1.5 billion, its shares traded at Rs 35, CTC 420,000 shares crossed for Rs 269 million and its shares traded at Rs 640, Cargills 100,000 shares crossed to the tune of Rs 24.5 million; its shares traded at Rs 245 and Hayleys 300,000 shares crossed for Rs 24 million; its shares traded at Rs 80.
In the retail market top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were, SLT Rs 234 million (two million shares traded), Hayleys RS 121 million (1.5 million shares traded), Lanka IOC Rs 106 million (115,000 shares traded), Softlogic Capital Rs 69 million (5.6 million shares traded), CTC Rs 65.3 million (101,000 shares traded), Sampath Bank RS 54.7 million (one million shares traded) and Commercial Bank RS 52.5 million (801,000 shares traded).During the day 164 million share volumes changed hands in 20000 transactions.
Brandix ‘RightToRead’ initiative gains momentum enriching Sri Lanka students and transforming learning
Inspired by the challenge to provide Sri Lankan children with better access to learning materials and the transformative power to read and comprehend English, Brandix launched the ‘RightToRead’ project in 2018 in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
Accordingly, Brandix introduced the ‘ReadToMe’ English learning tool, created by English Helper – India, to improve reading and comprehension skills of Sri Lankan students. Last Monday, Julie Chung, the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, visited Susamayawardhana Vidyalaya in Borella, to observe progress of the project and experience how children and educators in Sri Lanka engage with educational technology.
Brandix Lanka Limited, Director, Ajit Johnpillai, said: “Education is the most powerful tool to enrich communities and futures, and Brandix is committed to build a strong foundation for transformational learning for students across Sri Lanka. The progress we have made with RiteToRead over the past two years is promising, and the potential for change in the education sector harnessing such digital technologies is immeasurable. Brandix will continue its commitment to deliver Inspired Solutions for the people of Sri Lanka.”
Dialog TV Boosts Resilience and Capacity with Norsat Satellite Earth Station
Hytera, a leading global provider of professional communications technologies and solutions, is proud to announce the successful deployment of a new backup satellite station for Dialog TV, Sri Lanka’s No.1 satellite Pay TV service provider. The project was fulfilled in 2022 by Hytera and its subsidiary specialized in Satellite Communications (SatCom), Norsat International Inc. The new station enhances the resilience and capacity of Dialog TV’s existing system and ensures continuity of service in the event of damage due to natural disasters.
Dialog TV provides coverage over the entirety of Sri Lanka through the Intelsat 38 Ku-band satellite. As the business expanded, it opted for a backup solution to support its existing satellite station and to strengthen the network’s disaster tolerance.
Hytera and Norsat provided an end-to-end satellite earth station solution that includes the installation, integration, and setup of satellite antennas, a transmission and receiving system, a new network management system (NMS), and a carrier monitoring system (CMS). The NMS makes routine work easier and simpler for on-duty staff, as equipment status, parameter monitoring and configuration, and remote control of the devices can be viewed and accomplished via a single interface. The CMS monitors the carrier spectrum status of satellite signals in real-time and ensures stable signal transmission and receiving.
“We are excited to have been able to work with Dialog TV on this important project,” said Kevin Sun, Sales Director for Hytera South Asia, “Our ability to seamlessly integrate our new equipment and software with Dialog TV’s existing systems has helped to ensure a stable and reliable service for their millions of customers across Sri Lanka.”
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