Hutch’s New Premier Center opens at One Galle Face

Hutch, Sri Lanka’s preferred choice for mobile broadband services has unveiled its new Premier Center at one of the most prestigious retail addresses in Colombo – One Galle Face Mall. Hutch Premier Center is located on the 4th floor of this iconic oceanfront shopping center.

The Hutch Premier Center was opened on 29th December 2020 with the participation of the Chief Guest  Mrs. Yogalathagini Thirukumar, Chief Executive Officer of Hutch, Mr. Thirukumar Nadarasa and Hutch senior Management.

The Hutch Premier Center is a fully fledged customer service center that will cater to the entire spectrum of Hutch services under one roof. The Center is a valuable addition to the host of experiences at One Galle Face. Hutch customers can now conveniently drop in at this exclusive Premier Center while visiting One Galle Face to obtain friendly, hassle free services.

Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, the local subsidiary of Hong Kong based CK Hutchison Holdings Limited has emerged as a ‘force to reckon’ among other mobile network operators in Sri Lanka. Post the acquisition of Etisalat in 2019, HUTCH nationwide mobile network grew rapidly and now it serves both 078 and 072 subscribers. Hutch’s groundbreaking 4G expansion was a watershed moment that propelled to become a leading 4G player. The expansion enabled Hutch to provide a “Bigger and Better” service catering to the network needs of people from every corner of the island.

 

#BondWithHutch TikTok COVID safety challenge racks up record 3 million views in 7 days

HUTCH, Sri Lanka’s preferred choice for mobile broadband services has successfully leveraged the TikTok platform to engage the country’s youth on critical pandemic safety measures.

Hutch used the popular “Challenge” feature in TikTok to pioneer this innovative campaign with the objective of mitigating the spread of COVID19, tagged #BondWithHutch. Held with the participation of a cohort of vibrant influencers, the campaign was a timely reminder to the public of the importance of following health guidelines to prevent COVID19 spread.

Hutch TikTok challenge quickly went viral resulting in many TikTok users simulating the #BondWithHutch song in their TikTok videos. It took only a record two days for #BondWithHutch challenge to reach 1 million views, becoming Sri Lanka’s fastest brand campaign to achieve that milestone. In fact, views have now ballooned to another record 3 million in a week with the campaign achieving more than 500+ User-generated content.

#BondWithHutch song was exclusively created for this TikTok challenge, which carries a meaningful message about playing one’s role as a responsible citizen by following health guidelines (such as wearing masks, washing hands and keeping the 1-meter distance).

Commenting on the #BondWithHutch challenge, Chief Marketing Officer of HUTCH, Ramzeena Morseth Lye said: “With this special campaign, Hutch wanted to make a difference in how to get especially the youth, to take responsibility for their own safety and act on it. We are pleased that we have not only been successful in taking the COVID safety message to the public, but were also able to bring smiles to people who are essentially stuck at home.”

The #BondWithHutch challenge was further intensified with the fantastic support of Hutch’s new brand ambassador, Gayathri Shan and popular artists/actresses such as Shanudrie Priyasad, Dinakshie Priyasad, Oshadi Himasha, Tanasha Hatharasinghe, Dilki Uresha, popular media personalities such as Sachni Nipunsala, Danu Innasithamby and Social media stars such as Ramod Malaka, Aadil Osman, Dedunu Akarshanee, Shiny Nethicumara and Kavya Eriyagama.

They freely extended the #BondWithHutch challenge with their own unique TikTok videos packing them with insightful safety messages. The participants were in full praise of this innovative challenge that had an easily memorable tune. It was also an opportunity for the youth to easily showcase their creative talents for a nation-wide COVID awareness campaign.

Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, the local subsidiary of Hong Kong based CK Hutchison Holdings Limited has emerged as a ‘force to reckon’ among other mobile network operators in Sri Lanka. Post the acquisition of Etisalat in 2019, HUTCH mobile network grew rapidly and now it serves both 078 and 072 subscribers. HUTCH’s groundbreaking 4G expansion was a watershed moment that propelled to become a leading 4G player. The expansion enabled HUTCH to provide a “Bigger and Better” service catering to the network needs of people from every corner of the island.

HUTCH becomes the sole Telecom brand to win at Sri Lanka Brand Leadership Awards 2020

HUTCH, Sri Lanka’s preferred choice for mobile broadband services received the rare recognition of being the only Telecom brand to have clinched awards at the recently concluded Sri Lanka Brand Leadership Awards 2020.

At the ceremony, where many other leading brands too clinched awards, Hutch won not one but two awards. The twin awards Hutch clinched at the Leadership Awards 2020 were “Best Marketing Campaign of the Year” and “Emerging Brand of the Year.”

The “Best Marketing Campaign of the Year award” was in recognition of HUTCH’s “Be Anywhere” – 4G coverage campaign while “Emerging Brand of the Year” award was in recognition of the company’s overall brand performance in 2020.

Commenting on the wins, Ramzeena Morseth Lye, Chief Marketing Officer of HUTCH said: “We are truly honored and proud to win two big accolades from one of the world’s most sought-after award events. Our entire team’s dedication and commitment have earned us these awards. These accolades further inspire us to march ahead and serve the nation with affordable and unique mobile solutions.”

“Sri Lanka Brand Leadership” is an annual awards accolade organized by CMO Asia, a premium platform that recognizes outstanding contributions of the marketing fraternity. Held this year as a virtual event, Sri Lanka Brand Leadership Awards 2020 recognized best organizations, brands and individuals for their commitment towards branding, consumer engagement and making a social change through impact-driven contributions.

Executive Director of CMO Asia, Dr. Alok Pandit said: “We just concluded another successful Leadership Awards that honored Sri Lanka’s best of the best companies and brands. Among the nominees, HUTCH emerged as the only telecommunication services provider to be recognized at this year’s awards and that must be an extremely proud moment for the Telecom brand. We congratulate all the award winners on their resounding success and also for their contributions towards the marketing fraternity.”

Showering more praises on the awards, Alyna Haji Omar, CEO of Wunderman Thompson- the creative agency HUTCH partners with, added “We are very proud of this wonderful partnership! The success we are celebrating with these awards is a result of an exciting and ambitious culture of growth, innovation, creative bravery and collaboration that shines very bright at Hutch”.

Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, the local subsidiary of Hong Kong based CK Hutchison Holdings Limited has emerged as a ‘force to reckon’ among other mobile network operators in Sri Lanka. Post the merger  of Etisalat in 2019, HUTCH mobile network grew rapidly and now it serves both 078 and 072 subscribers. HUTCH’s groundbreaking 4G expansion  propelled it to become a leading 4G player. The expansion enabled HUTCH to provide a “Bigger and Better” broadband service catering to the network needs of people from every corner of the island.

 

Experience HUTCH at your finger Tips, with the new advanced HUTCH Self Care App

HUTCH, Sri Lanka’s preferred choice for mobile broadband services has unveiled the newest version of the popular HUTCH Self Care app to offer HUTCH subscribers with an enhanced, all-inclusive digital experience.

With a host of services,HUTCH usersno longer need to worry of manually topping up as the app comes with a built in top up/recharge facility. The app relieves the users from remembering the USSD activation codesand transforms USSD and SMS activations by implanting the full service list within the app so that the user can seamlessly activate any service .

The app users become empowered with the novel “My Plan” feature–they can customize their own data plans, and bring in own voice and SMS add-ons of their choice.

More importantly, the app does not levy any usage data fees and enables users to find their balance in real-time just by opening the app at any time of the day.

Commenting on the upgraded HUTCH Self Care app, Yarthav Mathiaparanam AGM – Data, VAS & Digital, Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd, stated: “Being a trilingual app, HUTCH Self Care is designed to serve and assist all Hutch subscribers: both pre-paid and post-paid. Customer convenience was the key factor taken into consideration when we upgraded this app and new improvements further enhance it. As the name suggests, the HUTCH Self Care app, provides customers with more control over HUTCH services while keeping up with transparency and simplicity. We invite all HUTCH subscribers to download the app and enjoy the new digital experience.”

Downloadable on Google Play store, Apple App Store and Huawei AppGallery, HUTCH Self Care App facilitates customers’ instant access to HUTCH services straight from their palms.After installing the app, customers can easily register in just two-steps –first by entering the mobile number (078 or 072) and secondly submitting the verification PIN they immediately receive via a text message.
Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd, the local subsidiary of Hong Kong based CK Hutchison Holdings Limited has emerged as a ‘force to reckon’ among other mobile network operators in Sri Lanka. Post the acquisition of Etisalat in 2019, HUTCH mobile network expanded rapidlyincluding a nationwide 4G that serves both 078 and 072 subscribers. The expansion enabled HUTCH to provide a “Bigger and Better” network coverage catering to the network needs of people from every corner of the island.

 

HUTCH signs up Gayathri as new Brand Ambassador

Sri Lanka’s preferred choice for mobile broadband services, HUTCH has appointed popular social media influencer and a movie star Gayathri Shanmuganathan as a new brand ambassador. With this appointment, HUTCH aims to actively engage a wider base of Sri Lanka’s Tamil speaking community that is ready to avail HUTCH offerings.

A well-known and a popular star within the Tamil speaking community, Gayathri has over 2.5 million followers in TikTok and over 270,000 followers in Instagram where she promotes socially impactful conversations. She also starred in a South Indian movie which elevated her to cinema stardom.  Gayathri  will be instrumental in taking HUTCH’s ‘Bigger and Better’ message  forward.

The year 2020 brought new prospects for HUTCH as the company completed the island-wide 4G roll out that strengthened its network coverage, including  in northern and eastern provinces in its efforts to make 4G accessible to as many people as possible.

Commenting at the agreement signing event, Chief Marketing Officer at HUTCH, Ramzeena Morseth Lye said: “We are highly excited to have a popular star in the likes of Gayathri as our brand ambassador. The addition of Gayathri enables us to leverage on social media in taking our core messages and service offerings to the public in a more engaging way.  As a socially responsible corporate, it is our duty to make sure that our offerings are reaching each and every segment of Sri Lankan society. Social media is the ideal platform for that and Gayathri will work closely with us in positioning ourselves to better serve all our customers.”

Gayathri Shanmuganathan said, “I am both honored and proud to be a brand ambassador for HUTCH. HUTCH is truly a brand that focuses on customers’ needs and it is synonymous with the recent 4G network expansion that benefitted a wider customer base. I am looking forward to actively engage with HUTCH subscribers in planned activities including knowledge sharing sessions and interactive workshops.”

Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, the local subsidiary of Hong Kong based CK Hutchison Holdings Limited has emerged as a ‘force to reckon’ among other mobile network operators in Sri Lanka. Post the acquisition of Etisalat in 2019, HUTCH mobile network grew rapidly and now it serves both 078 and 072 subscribers. HUTCH’s groundbreaking 4G expansion was a watershed moment that propelled it to a leading 4G player. The expansion enabled HUTCH to provide a “Bigger and Better” service catering to the network needs of people from every corner of the island.

 

 

HUTCH Danumai Miliyanayai quiz winners rewarded

HUTCH, Sri Lanka’s preferred choice for mobile broadband services recently rewarded the winners of HUTCH Danumai Miliyanayai in a grand prize-giving ceremony held at the Hutch Head Office, Colombo. Danumai Miliyanayai, which ran for a six-month period is a general knowledge quiz competition.

BeyondM, a subsidiary of the hSenid Software International is the platform and service partner for Danumai Miliyanayai. BeyondM supplies software products and services to customers around the world.

The winners were selected at the end of the six-month period via a grand draw held at HUTCH Head Office, Colombo. The quiz provided the contestants winning chances proportional to the points they scored. The first prize was awarded to J M W A Dharmarathna from Kelaniya, the second prize to M H M Najubudeen from Dematagoda and the third prize to A H R Mohamed from Puttalam.

Danumai Miliyanai is not only a highly rewarding competition, but it also helps users improve their knowledge and spend leisure time productively while having fun. Users who wish to participate in this competition can register by typing WIN and sending a SMS to 6633 or simply downloading the app from play store.

Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, the local subsidiary of Hong Kong based CK Hutchison Holdings Limited has emerged as a ‘force to reckon’ among other mobile network operators in Sri Lanka. After the acquisition of Etisalat in 2019, HUTCH mobile network grew rapidly and now it serves both 078 and 072 subscribers. HUTCH’s groundbreaking 4G expansion was a watershed moment that propelled it to a leading 4G network hub. HUTCH now provides a “Bigger and Better” service catering to the network needs of people from every corner of the island.

Names Left to right

2nd Runner up

  1. Shehara Morais ( Asst. Manager – Customer Service – HTLL)
  2. 2nd Runners-up – A.H.R.Mohamed , Puttalam
  3. Isuru Edirimannage Account Manager (hSenid Mobile Solutions)

Winner

Marina Emmanuel (AGM – Customer Services – HTLL)

  1. Winner – J.M.W.A.Dharmarathna , Kelaniya
  2. Saman Kumara  (Director Finance – hSenid Mobile Solutions)

1st Runner up

  1. Kasun Jayasooriya (Asst. Manager – VAS – HTLL)
  2. 1st Runners-up – M.H.M.Najubudeen , Colombo 9
  3. Danasiri Wijedasa (Head of VAS – hSenid Mobile Solutions)

 

HUTCH IS AMONG THE WORLD’S TOP 30 “MOST IMPROVED” MOBILE OPERATORS

Sri Lanka’s Hutchison Telecommunications (Hutch) among the world’s top 30 “most improved” mobile operators in terms of Upload Speed Experience and fourth generation (4G) availability, according to a report by an independent mobile analytics company.

The UK-based Opensignal Ltd for  the first time ranked the world’s operators using their measures of mobile network experience in its latest report.

According to the report, Hutch’s upload speed experience saw an improvement of 65.9 percent in the first half of the year compared to the same period of last year.

Meanwhile, its 4G availability has improved by almost 30 percent in the first half of this year compared to the same period of last year, placing the mobile operator as the 6th most improved globally.

In order to reach the Global Rising Stars status, a mobile operator must meet relevant criterias in download speed and upload experience, video experience and 4G availability.

“To be one of the top 30 operators in the world for year-on-year percentage improvement in just one metric requires a tremendous effort, but to do so across a few borders on the herculean,” Opensignal stated.

In addition, two other mobile operators from the country : Airtel and Mobitel were ranked among world’s top 30 “most improved” mobile operators in terms of video experience and 4G availability, respectively.

 

HUTCH – oDoc partnership revolutionizes Sri Lankan telemedicine

HUTCH, Sri Lanka’s preferred choice for mobile broadband services has partnered with the leading telemedicine service provider oDocbringing24/7 online video GP consultation services directly to the mobile of every Hutch subscriber within three minutes of booking. oDoc real-time virtual consultations minimize the need to physically be present at hospitals/clinics to get medical advice reducing the risk of catching COVID thereby assisting in the country’s pandemic prevention measures.

With Hutch-oDoc service, customers will be protected during the pandemic from unnecessary exposure to infections by reducing time spent at hospitals and clinics. Particularly indispensable for patients or caretakers of patients in the vulnerable populations: senior or immunocompromised who may not feel comfortable visiting hospitals/clinics. Customers will no longer need to waste time travelling or inside waiting rooms for physician channeling and they do not need to rush to hospitals with their infants on minor ailments.

Customers living in remote areas with limited access to medical services can also make use of this service to access quality healthcare from Colombo whilst eliminating their medical-related travel costs to Colombo.

The milestone partnership brings oDoc’s top-quality virtual video and audio GP consultation services at a very affordable subscription rate of only Rs. 99+taxes per month. Through this service, Customers can avail of unlimited medical consultations at any time of the day from the comfort of their homes. Hutch subscriber can subscribe to this service via dialing *6363#.

Customers that prefer over the phone consultations may also request a callback using the *6363# USSD code. Once requested, a GP will call the user within just three minutes.

oDoc physicians are authorized to issue over the phone prescriptions after detailed online medical consultations of the customer. In a matter of a few minutes, customers can access over 600 doctors from the new Hutch-oDoc service.

Having launched the island-wide telemedicine service together with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), oDoc’s mission is to uplift national healthcare. oDoc’s partnership with HUTCH enables it to provide medical services to a wider section of society by leveraging HUTCH’s mass subscriber-base that is continuously offered with the latest high-quality value-added services.

Commenting on the new partnership, HUTCH CEO, Thirukumar Nadarasa said: “HUTCH is a socially responsible company that addresses the concerns of the public.Our fullest support is given to such initiatives of taking affordable virtual healthcare to all homes across the nation. Telemedicine has evolved to be a mainstay in healthcare and has become even more critical in the face of COVID19. We at HUTCH are proud to partner with oDoc, a leading telemedicine service provider, to avail easy access healthcare to our loyal subscribers.”

CEO at oDoc Heshan Fernando said: “At oDoc, we focus on providing everyone a means to prioritize their health. With over 300,000 oDoc users and 3500 app downloads per month, we are the pioneers in Sri Lanka’s telemedicine at present. The American Medical Association has confirmed that up to 75% of all physician visits can be handled via video calls, and we are pleased that we can leverage this latest trend. Over 450 doctors who specialize in 50 different areas have joined us in this groundbreaking cause. Having such a service at patients’ disposal frees them of their hassle of frequent hospital visits and bringing huge relief to them.”

 

TikTok Tips and Tricks – Make the Most of Your Favourite App

TikTok Tips and Tricks – Make the Most of Your Favourite App

TikTok is one of the most popular video-sharing apps in use today! And for those of you who value privacy, here are top tips and tricks for all TikTok users!

A favourite for millennials, the app closely rivals YouTube as a favourite video uploading site. In this article, you can learn about privacy options and much more to step up your game on TikTok!

Top Tip – Save On Cellular Data Plans

Did you know that TikTok video uploads and downloads can eat into your cellular data plans? So, our first tip for you is to choose an unlimited internet package.

Choose from time-based unlimited data packages on offer by Sri Lanka’s leading cellular networks. Many service providers like Hutch offer both 3G and 4G data plans to choose from.

Learn How To Hide Your Liked Videos

Want to improve your privacy on TikTok, and not let everyone who visits your profile see the videos you liked? If you want to keep things private, go to:

· Settings – choose Privacy and Safety – then you get the option of ‘who can view your liked video’.

· Choose ‘only me’ – a lock will appear on your video tab meaning the option is set.

Activate Restricted Mode to Get Rid of Unnecessary Videos

With millions of TikTok users using the platform to upload their videos, one cannot control the content, which is both good and bad. And, you don’t always get the best content on your TikTok recommendations and newsfeed. To control this factor, activate ‘restricted mode’:

· Open the app – choose the ‘Me’ button – click the three-dot menu there – tap on ‘Digital Wellbeing’ listed under general settings.

· Choose ‘Restricted Mode’ listed there. Turn on ‘Restricted Mode’.

You will now get filtered material only as per your preference settings.

You can even choose to restrict certain types of video by clicking the three-dot button on the video and choose ‘not interested’ after which TikTok will not recommend you similar videos.

Manage Your TikTok Login Sessions

How many times have you logged into your TikTok account from the phone of your friends or family members and forgotten to log out?

Avoid leaving your account open to other devices by clicking on the ‘Me’ button located on the apps home screen;

· Choose the ‘Manage My Account’ setting, then choose ‘Security’.

· You will find a list of all devices your account is logged into; you can then log out from them and manage your account settings.

Make Awesome ‘Live’ Wallpapers Using Your Favourite TikTok Videos

This is an awesome TikTok trick using your favourite videos. First, download the official plugin ‘TikTok Wall Picture’ which was made by TikTok Inc. Once it’s downloaded, open the TikTok app on your phone, navigate to your favourite video and tap on the ‘share’ button. There, choose the option for ‘Live Photo’

You will then be shown how the wallpaper looks on your home screen. Select – ‘Set Wallpaper’ and you’re done!

Download Your Fav TikToks Minus The Watermark!

This simple trick lets you download TikTok videos without the logo or watermark!

First copy the videos link. Open website ttdownloader.com and paste the link of the video you wish to download. Then choose the ‘Get Video’ button and the video will download without logos or watermarks.

Ready to try out these cool hacks on TikTok?

Tips on Using Data Effectively For TikTok Users

Tips on Using Data Effectively For TikTok Users

Almost 90% of TikTok users are on the app daily. TikTok boasts over 500 million users per day. Yes, it’s a data ‘hungry’ application and here’s how you can learn to effectively use your valuable data and still enjoy TikTok!

What’s Cellular Data?

Cellular data is what this article is talking about. Cellular data is what you get billed for and what you could end up paying when you go over the limit.

The More Videos You Download, the More Data You Use

Solution – Go For an Unlimited Cellular Data Package.

When using your cellular data to view TikTok videos and download them, you will be using data; even high-speed cellular data gets used up pretty fast when you view several videos a day.

How to view my Favourite TikTok Videos and Save Data?

Did you know that there are some pretty good unlimited data packages out there?

Take the Hutch Cliq app for example. Users can activate an unlimited internet time plan and view or download TikTok videos to their heart’s content! Many internet service providers offer variety too, for example, the Hutch data packages are available for 4G or 3G users and are time-based, catering to all budgets.

Turn Off Cellular Data for TikTok

Another way to save your mobile data is to stop apps from working in the background. Your smartphone allows you to choose which apps work in the background; thus, you can choose to stop the TikTok application from running in the background when you’re not using the app; to save your mobile data. Once you choose this option, the app only downloads and updates when you open it.

How to Turn Off Cellular Data for TikTok?

Android users can go to settings – apps – TikTok: then click on mobile data and choose to turn off the function for ‘allow background data usage.’

Once you set this option the app will not use data in the background and will function only when you turn it on. Just make sure to close the app once you are done uploading, creating or watching!

iPhone users can stop TikTok from using their cellular data completely. Go to settings – ‘Cellular’ scroll down to TikTok and toggle ‘off’.

iPhone Users can Limit the Amount of Time TikTok is in Use

Kids especially enjoy using TikTok; while children below the age of 13 cannot use the app, you cannot control how much time your children spend watching videos on TikTok. But you can set a time limit for how long anyone can use the app!

· Open settings – choose Screen Time

· Select the name of your iPhone and choose from ‘today; to ‘last 7 days’ the select TikTok and you can see the amount of time spent on the app

· Select ‘Add’ to choose a time limit

· Go to ‘Use screen time password’ so no one can change the time limit

The new Android phones now have the same feature!

Consider downloading your videos and uploading them as well, over a WIFI connection; which is a great way to save your cellular data. Unless of course, you are enjoying the unlimited data packages by Hutch!