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SLT-MOBITEL Launches First Ever Fully-Managed True SD WAN Services Embracing Intent Based Networking Approach for Enterprise Customers

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SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT solutions and Mobile Services Provider launched their first ever SLTMobitel SDWAN Service as a fully managed service for large and medium enterprises and government institutions. SLT-MOBITEL undertook this endeavour in keeping with their mission to support enterprises and to encourage timely transformation across the digital arena, as the country’s leading Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) service provider.

Businesses view the cloud as a key part of their strategy and innovation. The larger the business, the more users, devices, and things consume applications. As the pace of business increases, this results in a highly complex and dynamic network. The preferred method of connecting users to applications is shifting from dedicated MPLS connectivity, which is a fast data carrying technique to access data centres, and less connectivity to using the internet as a result. Branch Internet Edge connectivity becomes business critical for cloud movement. These influences create opportunities for increased exposure to cyber threats. It also means that there is an opportunity for inconsistent user experiences as application access is no longer reliant only on private networks. Complexity in adapting to changes in business needs and technical realities increases as well. This is where SLTMobitel SDWAN becomes a core component of modernization, secure application delivery and resilient business capabilities. SLTMobitel SDWAN services built on Zero trust model, which is essential for BFSI sector and large enterprise customers as underlay connectivity will be open to Private, and Public connectivity domain.

Commenting on the initiative CEO of SLT, Mr. Kiththi Perera said, “SLT-MOBITEL decided to bring this concept to fruition for the ease of our customers. Within the digital journey of enterprises across various verticals, we recognized that movement of applications to cloud was becoming a growing necessity. Being the country’s national telecommunication service provider, running an extended program connecting all the enterprises via fibre last mile, we believed it was our responsibility to address these growing demands from our customers, individuals and businesses alike. We look forward to our customers reaping the maximum benefits with the best possible network options and the digitization of the WAN network.”

The current method of using wide area network (WAN) is to connect users from a head office or branch to applications hosted on servers in data centres. The MPLS approach helps ensure reliable connectivity along with security and internet edge via head office. Today, with the ongoing technological changes making waves in the digital world, applications are fast moving into the cloud and users access these applications by way of a diverse range of devices.

Today, a much-discussed topic is alignment towards digital transformation and all enterprise verticals; from banking to retail, are looking to evolve and transform within this digital landscape with the aim of increasing their productivity, achieving less costs and revolutionizing customer experiences. When business verticals ultimately move towards a transformation, the network would require to undergo a modification in a way where it would align with the ultimate need of the business. Therefore, the infrastructure would need to work according to the business intent.

Sharing his thoughts on the launch of SLTMobitel SDWAN, Chief Enterprise and Wholesale Officer of SLT, Mr. Janaka Abeysinghe stated, “SLT- MOBITEL Enterprise has connected small and large-scale enterprises with robust MPLS for more than two decades. We have continuously built reliable and scalable networks across the island and have extended multiple submarine cables in the global arena. Partnering with Cisco, the leader in the routing landscape for more than 30 years, creates the strongest SLTMobitel SDWAN service ever to steer past current methods of connectivity and think beyond, to support Enterprises. With the introduction of SLTMobitel SDWAN by partnering with Cisco, SLT-MOBITEL currently acts as an enabler to help with the digital transformation of enterprises in Sri Lanka, and provide comprehensive next generation connectivity services. In future, we hope to expand these services to global customers as well.”

SLTMobitel SDWAN was created with a focus on providing customers with an extended range of benefits by operating WAN for various business intents. SLTMobitel SDWAN is an overlay technology running on different underlay networks with a capacity to centrally manage Edge Devices and overlay networks. This service will bring a level of effortless management, better visibility, better application experience, optimized cloud connectivity and a more secure WAN for private and public connectivity, among a host of other benefits to its users.

This is where SLT-MOBITEL Enterprise utilizes Cisco’s Intent based Networking (IBN) approach for SLTMobitel SDWAN services with the aim of building infrastructure that works in tandem with the business goals and to help businesses to address key business and technological challenges that they have been facing and still face today. Since the goal is for the network to continuously adjust network performance and help assure the desired business outcomes, SLT-MOBITEL’s strategy was to deliver an IBN across different domains. IBN would focus on helping to translate the business intent into a policy and build that policy to guarantee that marketing uses and applications, placed on a secure segment to receive the highest priority service.

The main features of SLTMobitel SDWAN powered by Cisco include visibility, security and performance. For an all-encompassing SLTMobitel SDWAN solution, enterprise customers will also benefit from growing WAN with less operational expenditure (OPEX), greater business agility and responsiveness, increased application performance across the WAN, assure business intent with advanced application visibility and control and robust edge-to-edge security and micro-segmentation. Amongst the many features that SLTMobitel SDWAN also offers, is the Cloud OnRamp for public Cloud services such as Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google Services which can deliver optimal performance, user experience, and security.

SLT-MOBITEL’s main service building blocks will include consultation, design and migration. The company’s Enterprise will provide end-to-end SLTMobitel SDWAN services along with connectivity, controller, virtual and physical edges and offer a fully- managed SLTMobitel SDWAN service on top of the existing MPLS with in-house subject knowledge.



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MN Group becomes the Best Business of the Year at Pinnacals Awards

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The MN Group won the Best Business of the Year Award at the Pinnacals Sri Lanka award ceremony at the Waters Edge Hotel, Battaramulla. Managing Director of MN Group of Companies (www.mngroup.lk), Roshan Wewage accepted the award on behalf of the organization. MN Group of Companies has previously won many awards including Lanka Business Awards (LBA) and Shramabimani.

Customers can obtain any construction related service from MN Group at a reasonable price. The company is also willing to finish half completed houses and commercial buildings at agreeable terms. MN Group understands that the tough economic circumstances have placed great pressure on the people and the company is committed to understanding their needs and to provide a warm and professional service. Roshan Wewage invited those who need to renovate their buildings to reach out to them.

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Dilmah Adjudged Best Corporate Citizen for the Third Consecutive Year

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Dilmah was awarded ‘Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability’ in the category of Businesses with Less than Rs. 15 Billion Annual Turnover, for the third consecutive year at the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability (BCCS) Awards organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce; recognizing that Dilmah has successfully achieved a sustainable balance between social, environmental, and economic performanc, a company news release said.

Evaluated by an independent & expert panel of judges, the awards are Sri Lanka’s most prestigious, scrutinizing and recognizing ethical and sustainable businesses. Dilmah was honoured as one of ten ‘Best Corporate Citizens’ of Sri Lanka, won the Award in the Environment Beyond Business Category, and was lauded for continuous commitment to the environment surpassing the realms of business.

“The annual BCCS Awards is the premier corporate citizenship award, highlights sustainability champions in the national corporate arena. The awards promote corporate citizen sustainability ownership and initiatives that deliver social and environmental benefits while pursuing profits. This recognition validates Dilmah’s emphasis on delivering social and environmental impact by sharing earnings through the work of the MJF Charitable Foundation and Dilmah Conservation,” the release said.

“In 1988, Merrill J. Fernando founded Dilmah, a family business, to serve humanity with kindness to people and nature, while sharing his passion for taste and goodness in tea. Over the years Dilmah has delivered over Rs. 7 billion for humanitarian benefit through the work of its charitable arm MJF Foundation and environmental arm Dilmah Conservation.

“Ensuring economic, social, and environmental sustainability exists at the heart of its operations and is integrated to every operational aspect of the business, Dilmah’s purpose is further extended through the work of the Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation (MJF Foundation) and Dilmah Conservation (DC) by driving life-impacting initiatives.

“The MJF Foundation works directly with estate workers and underprivileged communities to uplift lives and empower them to pay-it-forward to their communities. Some of its core initiatives are the countrywide MJF centres, small-medium enterprises with over 2,000 small entrepreneurs, ‘Empower’ Culinary & Hospitality School, and ‘disABILITY’ teletherapy app.

“The sustainable development of people goes hand-in-hand with the planet. Dilmah Tea is a carbon neutral product manufactured at a carbon neutral facility. Further, Dilmah has pledged to achieve zero-emissions for its manufacturing process by 2030 through science-based targets. Dilmah Conservation functions under three main categories: environmental sustainability, biodiversity conservation, and education and awareness. As such, Dilmah Conservation initiatives range from butterfly to elephant conservation, climate research, adaptation and mitigation, rewilding tea gardens, conserving mangrove forests, and promoting nature-based entrepreneurship through seaweed cultivation and empowering agro-entrepreneurs.”

Winning the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2022 is considered a top honour in the Sri Lankan corporate field. Each year, submissions are evaluated by an eminent panel of local experts, thought leaders, and academics. Dilmah considers receiving the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2022 an important milestone in its journey as a truly sustainable brand with a purpose beyond profit.

Across the shores, Dilmah has been recognized for its attempt to take Ayurvedic wellness and goodness to the world with the help of tea. The Arana Range of Herbal Infusion Teas was voted the Product of the Year 2022 in Australia. Meanwhile, Dilmah on its 7th Consecutive Year was awarded Most Trusted Brand in New Zealand in 2022.

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DSI Tyres bags two awards at SLIM Brand Excellence 2022

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Sri Lanka’s premium tyre brand, DSI Tyres won two prestigious awards at the SLIM Brand Excellence Awards 2022, held recently in Colombo. DSI Tyres, who has already made a mark in the international markets too, won the Silver Award under the Product Brand of the Year category and the Bronze Award under the Local Brand of the Year category. These mark another important milestone in the company’s journey spanning three decades. DSI Tyres has also remained within the top three brands in Sri Lanka for three consecutive years, a significant achievement in a very competitive arena.

DSI Tyres’ role as a leading local tyre manufacturing company that continues to promote its brand in an eco-friendly manner through the use of state-of-the-art technology and continuous research and development which enables them to identify customer needs in a timely manner is the key reason behind its continuous achievements. DSI Tyres has been able to place its products optimally among the local and international customers using the latest marketing strategies. The company also places great emphasis on sustainability and has been able to expand its local and international market share maintaining continuous customer loyalty even at the most difficult periods. DSI tyres are becoming increasingly popular in the online sphere as well, due to the facilitation of online orders at the convenience of customers as well as the use of attractive digital marketing. “DSI Tyres has a special place in the people’s hearts.

We have won the people’s trust and it is the highest award we can receive. It is a great privilege for us to receive these awards, which a mark of appreciation for the work we do to maintain customer loyalty,” Managing Director of DSI Tyres Kavinda Rajapaksa said. SLIM Brand Excellence Awards is the Sri Lanka’s premier celebration of Sri Lankan brands that rewards the outstanding efforts of marketers. This gala event for this year was held at Grand Monarch Hotel, Colombo. The Chairman of DSI Tyres, Ranatunga Rajapaksa received the two awards on behalf of the company. Previously, DSI Tyres had won SLIM Turnaround Brand of the Year, Product Brand of the Year, Local Brand of the Year and many SLIM DIGIs awards.

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