Sri Lanka’s Dialog offers extra data, credit and all channels on payTV during Covid-19 crisis
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Dialog Axiata said it is offering extra data free, emergency credit, all channel on its payTV service, during a Coronavirus crisis.
The full statement is reproduced below:
e-Health – Tele-Medicine and National Awareness via 1390
The health and wellbeing of Sri Lankans remains Dialog’s top priority. In line with the Government’s initiatives of curbing the coronavirus outbreak, Dialog in partnership with Wavenet International Pvt Ltd and MyDoctor (My Health Solutions Pvt Ltd), launched a free trilingual hotline via1390 to provideall Sri Lankans with access to remote medical consultationsand minimise physical visits to busy hospitals and clinics. This trilingual medical advisory service can be accessed free of charge by dialling 1390 from any network.
Dialog deployed a pre-call announcement to inform of precautions on COVID19 andalso established 135 – a free trilingual IVR service, for customers to receive information and advice on the latest developments of the Coronavirus outbreak.In addition to these hotlines, an Android/iOS app with more information on COVID-19 will be launched soon.
e-Learning – Free Content with No Data Chargeson Guru.lk and Government Education Platforms.
In its efforts tominimise the disruption to the education system due to the early closure of schools, Dialog in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Headstart Pvt Ltd deployed a suite of free educational content and applications without any data charges for our children to continue learning from home. Dialog together with its partners have extended free content and online access to the following educational and content platforms:
2. e-thaksalawa – www.e-thaksalawa.moe.gov.lk
3. Nenasa App – available on the Goole Play Store
4. Dialog ViUApp – available on the Google Play store and App Store
In addition to the above platforms, Dialog in partnership with the University Grants Commission and the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka are set to providefree access with no Data charges to all official e-Learning platforms of State Universities effective 23 March 2020.
Double Benefits – Data, Talk Time for Personal and Enterprise Applications
To facilitate Dialog customers to work from home and keep them connected during these challenging times, Dialog launched a host of concessions and special offers from 16 March 2020.
• Double Data on Home and Mobile Broadband
Double Data on Home Broadband and Mobile Postpaid Data Pack Extensions
Dialog offers 100% bonus for allData extensions on both Home and Mobile Broadband Postpaid accounts, effective from16thMarch 2020. This has enabled over 600,000 Home Broadband users and over 1.4 Million postpaid mobile customers to stay online during this critical period where everyone is confined to their homes. Those that require data can activate data add-on packs via the MyDialog App or www.dialog.lk and receive double the data for the same price.
Doubled 4G Bonus to 100% for Prepaid Data Cards and Online Purchases
To keep our 13.4 Million prepaid mobile users connected, Dialog has doubled the standard 50% 4G Bonus to 100% 4G Anytime bonus for all internet card purchases through any of the online channels including the MyDialog/Genie Apps or www.dialog.lk effective 23 March 2020. The same offer is availablefor all Data Cards above Rs.349/- activated through any channel, effective22ndMarch 2020.
• Double Talk Time for Daily and Weekly Prepaid Blaster Packs
Dialog mobile Prepaid customers can avail 100% bonus Talk Time/ SMS /Data on daily/weekly Voice and Combo packs from 22nd March 2020. To purchase these special packs, customers can dial #678# from their Dialog mobile.
• Stay updated with Free News Alerts
To stay updated on the latest developments during this prevailing situation, a free subscription until 31st March to selected news alerts has been provided. To activate News Alerts customers can dial #678# or use the MyDialog app.
Unlimited Entertainment Home and on the Mobile
• Free Access to Dialog ViU Entertainment App to WatchLive TV and Video on Demand
All Mobile and Home Broadband customers can also enjoy the Dialog ViU app – Sri Lanka’s largest Video and Live TV collection – with no data charges. The Dialog ViU app is another medium where Dialog customers can access free Live TV and Video without any data charges anywhere, anytime on the Dialog network, to keep everyone entertained with 60 live channels and 1000+ local movies, dramas, edutainment content and originals.
• Dialog Television- Access to All Channels
To help Sri Lankans get through the social restrictions put in place to fight the Coronavirus pandemic, Dialog has extended all of its television channels to all Dialog Television customers for as low as Rs. 100/- +tax for a period of 14 days (or Rs. 75 +tax when activated via the MyDialog App) which provides access to an array of entertainment and edutainment content at home during this period.
Extended Credit for All CustomersDialog stepped forward to help its Mobile, Home Broadband, TV and Enterprise customers stay connected by extending the credit period of customers and providing additional emergency credit to maintain uninterrupted service during this period.
• All Post-paidMobile, Fixed Broadband and Television Customer Credit Limits Enhanced
Automatic credit enhancement up to 50% from the existing credit limit (upon reaching the limit), has been enabled whilst disconnections due to non-payment of February bill has been suspended till 27 March 2020.
• Emergency Credit for all mobile Prepaid Customers
An emergency credit facility is offered for all Dialog mobile prepaid customers who are unable to purchase top up cards or reloads. Customers can dial #007# to obtain the emergency credit from Dialog.
e-Care -Digital Customer Support on MyDialog App and WhatsApp Channels
Subscribers are encouraged to use Dialog’s digital selfcare platforms (www.dialog.lk or the MyDialog App) for help on Dialog products and services. The MyDialog App also gives you the ability to manage your family’s/business’ Dialog Services, along with the ability to reload any Dialog connection conveniently. In addition to the digital platforms, customers are recommended to use the dedicated payment kiosks for cash transactions such as reloads, bill payments and eZ Cash top-ups.
The company also provides the added benefit of being available on WhatsApp; Dialog customers can conveniently WhatsApp Dialog on 777 678 678 anytime and anywhere regarding any services offered by the company.
e- Home Working Support for Enterprises
Dialog isdedicated and fully prepared towards supporting enterprises to stay connected and be equipped with the right tools and bespoke connectivity solutions. Customers are encouraged to contact Dialog’s Enterprise Account Managers who are available at any time via 777887887 and 117100200 or visit business.dialog.lk for assistance.
• Microsoft Office365 Business Essentials:
Dialog offers a special 50% discount on its latest bundlefor enterprise customers by, combining Microsoft Office365 Business Essentials with 2 GB additional mobile data.For those requiring online access to Microsoft office 365 platform, Dialog launched a special data bundleon Mobile and Home Broadband where5GB of mobile data is priced at Rs.200/- while Unlimited data on Home Broadband is offered at a nominal price of Rs. 100.
• Dialog BizConferencing Solution:
Dialog has also introduced ‘BizConferencing’, a flexible and cost-effective Voice Conference Solution that is secure and easy to use anytime and anywhere.
• Double Data for Enterprise:
The 100% Data bonus offered for HBB and Postpaid mobile subscribers is applicable for all Enterprise usage which can be activated via MyDialog app or by Bizcare platform. Alternatively, those that require special Enterprise data plans could contact the respective account manager or visit www.dialog.lk.
Kithmina Hewage- Institute of Policy Studies