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Sri Lanka Dialog Telekom returns to profitability
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May 10, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka's Dialog Telekom group made a profit of 705 million rupees in the March 2010 quarter from its core celco operations, after a loss of 1.86 billion a year ago, but subsidiaries continued to lose money, its accounts showed.

In the March quarter the group's core cellular business made a profit of 820.3 million rupees compared with a 929 million loss in the corresponding quarter last year.
Dialog Telekom group had earnings of eight cents per share in the March 2010 quarter compared with a loss of 29 cents per share a year ago.

The group has been making losses in recent quarters owing to higher costs and steep tariff cuts brought on by stiff competition.

Group unit Dialog Television (DTV) made 83.6 million rupee loss in the March quarter, down 69 percent from 2009, while its broadband subsidiary also made a loss[/align].

The group's global business profits were up almost 11 percent to 64.8 million rupees.

Dialog Telekom, Sri Lanka's largest celco, is a unit of Malaysia's Axiata group.

Dialog's March quarter group revenues rose 10.1 percent to 9.8 billion rupees, while at standalone company level revenues rose 15.3 percent to 8.47 billion rupees, its accounts showed.
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Dialog says pay TV will take time to break even

The pay TV business of Sri Lanka’s Dialog Telekom group will take time to become profitable, with break even estimated at around 250,000 customers, its chief executive Hans Wijayasuriya said.

Losses in the pay TV business of the company, a unit of Telekom Malaysia, contributed to an annual group loss of 2.8 billion rupees in 2008, against a profit of 8.9 billion a year earlier.

Wijayasuriya said the experience elsewhere in pay TV is that it usually takes time to sign on enough subscribers to achieve break even.

"Dialog TV has a projection of achieving a break even point at around 250,000 customers," Wijayasuriya told LBO in an interview. "We now have 150,000.

"As is the case in the pay TV industry worldwide, it takes some time to get to that critical mass of customers, to therefore amortise the cost of satellite bandwidth, satellite transponders, and also content and programming costs."

Wijayasuriya, who is also group chief operating officer of Malaysia’s TM International, the parent firm of Dialog Telekom, said Dialog’s pay TV business was growing well but declined to say when it would start making money.

"I would not want to comment on a specific time frame, but Dialog TV has been growing very well and is highly accepted in the market place," he said.

"We have 150,000 customers who have joined us over the last 18 months. Therefore to achieve another 100,000 we’re probably talking about 12-15 months."

Apart from losses in its pay TV and broadband business, Dialog has also bee hurt by a fierce price war that began with the entry of India’s Bharti Airtel into the mobile market.

The company is relying on alternative revenue streams such as broadband, pay TV and fixed wireless as future growth areas as growth slowed in the mobile market, which it still dominates.

But industry analysts have warned that economic slowdown which has reduced consumer spending power could affect Dialog TV’s immediate growth prospects.

Furthermore, the firm might have to pay more for foreign content with the depreciation of the rupee against the dollar.

The Dialog group has announced a series of cost cutting measures, including a voluntary retirement scheme to trim staff costs.
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Dialog Tv partners Microimage Mobile Media

Dialog TV, Sri Lanka’s leading Direct-to-Home (DTH) service provider, is partnering with Microimage Mobile Media for its latest vStation – AF Advert insertion platform. vStation AF is part of Microimage’s award winning Video Broadcast Suite consisting of three core solutions; vStation VF (Video/TV Automation Solution), vStation LF (3G / Broadband participation TV solution) and vStation AF (Ad-insertion solution).

The agreements were signed by Mr. Nushad Perera, Chief Executive Officer of Dialog TV, and Mr. Harsha Purasinghe, Chief Executive Officer of Microimage, at BroadcastAsia 2009 in Singapore. Microimage is featuring its range of media and entertainment products at this regional broadcast solutions exhibition.

Microimage vStation AF is a full-featured Advert Insertion Solution. It gives broadcasters the ability to insert local commercials and replace existing adverts on a selected DTH channel. This platform can be deployed with any DTH, Cable or IPTV broadcaster.

looking to generate revenue from local advert insertion. vStation AF platform is bundled with a complete set of modules covering an innovative video console, commercial traffic scheduling, billing, content ingest and management information. Apart from the advert insertion feature, the console facilitates insertion of static and animated logos, multilingual multiple crawlers and animated adverts across the screen.

“We are proud to have been chosen by Dialog TV for the deployment of our vStation-AF advert insertion platform, which will enable it to generate new revenue streams by local commercial advert insertion” said Harsha Purasinghe, CEO of Microimage.

“Dialog is a firm believer in Sri Lankan talent, which is world-class. In pursuing an ad-insertion solution, we sought a superior product with the added advantage of a strong partnership, support and flexibility. Microimage presents these very attributes, and we are pleased to partner them in our new initiative. Made in Sri Lanka, for Sri Lanka – is one of Dialog TV’s primary objectives, as amply demonstrated with this partnership. We will continue to harvest and harness Sri Lankan talent both on and off the screen,” remarked Nushad Perera.

Microimage Mobile Media is the pioneer and leader in Broadcast Automation Software in Sri Lanka. The company has won local and international recognition for its media and entertainment products. Its flagship product, mStudio, which is used by Sri Lanka’s leading radio stations, won the BCS National Best Quality Software award in 2004. Its latest addition, the vStation video broadcast suite, won the BCS National Best Quality Software Award in 2008, and was runner-up in the Media and Entertainment category at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards held in Jakarta, Indonesia the same year.

Dialog Television (Private) Limited, a subsidiary of Dialog Telekom PLC, operates Dialog Satellite TV, a Direct-to-Home (DTH) Satellite TV service. Offering the best of satellite entertainment to all Sri Lankans, Dialog TV supports a broad array of international content including CNN, BBC, HBO, Cinemax, AXN, ESPN, Discovery Channel, MTV (Music Television) and Cartoon Network, in addition to a wide portfolio of local television channels. Dialog Television has a subscriber base of 150,000 Sri Lankans islandwide.
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Dialog TV connects with Lanka Hospitals

The country's premier direct-to-home satellite entertainment service provider, Dialog TV, further strengthened its presence and partnership with Sri Lanka's healthcare sector, when it inked a partnership with Lanka Hospitals, a leader in the health services sector.

Under this agreement, Dialog TV commissioned satellite television services at The Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC., formally known as Apollo Hospitals Colombo. The company has provided connectivity to 134 locations at the hospital via its existing master antenna television network, and installed its transmission equipment at a special control room within the hospital premise; from where programming will be broadcast and monitored.

"We are delighted to extend our satellite infotainment services to Lanka Hospitals one of most the reputed healthcare institutions in the country. This partnership enables us to embark on a shared mission of enriching lives through state-of-the-art technology and service offerings which are second to none in our respective industries," remarked Nushad Perera, Chief Executive Officer of Dialog TV.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Lakith Peiris, Chief Executive Officer of Lanka Hospitals said: "We constantly strive to deliver an unparalleled service to our customers. This is the reason why we have invested in world-class medical facilities with a view to make Lanka Hospitals recognised as one of the best hospitals in the South Asian region. Accordingly, Dialog TV was the preferred choice considering its channel offering, affordability and above all exceptional service delivery. We are glad to partner with Dialog TV, and are confident that it will enable us to extend the best in infotainment to the thousands of visitors who patronize our hospital."

Dialog TV will offer a wide array of television programming to the hospital, encompassing the best in local and international television content. These include, Star Sports, Ten Sports, HBO, MTV, Animal Planet, Star Vijay, Boomerang, Star Plus, Star Movies, God TV, Islam Channel, CNN, Kalaigner TV, Channel C, Star World and seven local channels.
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Sri Lanka's DTV adds sports to lure subscribers

From http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/

Mar 27, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka's Dialog Television (DTV) is adding sports content, aims to increase revenue with advertisement targeting affluent consumers and forecasts a sharp rise in subscribers by year-end, a senior official said.

"We expect DTV subscriptions to go up to 200,000 by year-end from the present 160,000," Nushad Perera, chief executive of DTV said.

"We control 95 percent of the local pay television (TV) market. Every Sri Lankan hotel and hospital is on DTV."

Perera was speaking at a DTV product forum organized for top advertisement agency executives.

Advertising rates on DTV are at 7,500 rupees for a normal commercial, but the rates are flexible, he said.

He said exclusive sponsorships can be arranged on specific DTV programs at a premium rate.

DTV, a satellite-based broadcaster, is a unit of Dialog Telekom, Sri Lanka's largest celco.

"We see that many large agencies include DTV in their advertizing bouquet," Shamil Zavahir, executive director, new media at Vanguard Management Services said.

"It's truly an alternative to mainstream media and helps you to reach groups with deeper pockets more cost-effectively.

"From April 1 new channels including sports and cartoon content will be added."

Vanguard Management Services inked a deal with DTV to market its advertisement space six months ago, Zavahir said.

Sri Lankan free-to-air channel ETV, business new TV shows Lanka Business Report and LBR Money, along with web portals LBO and Vimasuma, and life style web portal Colombo Spirit are also managed by Vanguard Management Services.

"We are a small but nippy player and always look at new opportunities," Zavahir said.

He said despite DTV being able to provide crystal clear broadcasts most of its business is generated from the western province, Sri Lanka's richest region that accounts for 50 percent of gross domestic product.

DTV's second largest market is southern Sabaragamuwa province, Perera said.

DTV is not a niche product and wants to break the barrier in the pay TV market, Perera said.

"People thought pay TV is for the rich and famous," Perera said. "DTV is not a niche product. It's not playing golf or a Mercedes Benz."
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Sri Lanka Dialog Telekom to be renamed Axiata
Apr 16, 2010 (LBO) - Sri Lanka's dominant wireless operator Dialog Telekom intends to change its name to Dialog Axiata, following the renaming of its Malsyaian parent firm, a stock exchange filing said
The proposed name "will accurately reflect its corporate identity," Dialog said in a statement.
The proposed name is a combination of the brand 'Dialog' and the name of the parent firm, Axiata Group Berhad in Malaysia.

The parent firm was earlier called TM International and renamed as Axiata Group in May 2009.
Dialog Telekom said the name change is subject to approvals from shareholders and the company registrar
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Thanks Mr.Warunasat for the Detailed Info:up:

It is good to know Dialog tv has started making profits....But They must reduce the price of their packages:jump:
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