Bells are Ringing

Lanka Bell commercially rolled out its CDMA network in Gampaha Thursday, ahead of a July deadline set by the Telecom Ministry. Lanka Bell commercially rolled out its CDMA network in Gampaha Thursday, ahead of a July deadline set by the Telecom Ministry. Lanka Bell Deputy Managing Director Suren Guenewardene told LBO that the wireless operator had mapped out a plan to connect four more location in Anuradhapura, Kandy, Kurunegela and Kadawata before end May.

Each sites will be able to connect over 5000 customers on demand, with plans to expand the sites with the expansion of its customer base in the location.

Gunewardene said the firm’s strategy is to add an average five base stations every month over the next nine months to cover remote location across the island.

The new network will complement Lanka Bell’s current wireless coverage, largely concentrated in urban centres.

The Gampaha launch, meanwhile had attracted over 300 customers to signup for its service, with more expected before its new office closed on Thursday, Gunewardene said.

Lanka Bell in early April signed a US$ 40 million equipment supp