The telecom regulator is calling for public opinion on the Caller Party Pays system that will make incoming minutes free on mobile phones. The telecom regulator is calling for public opinion on the Caller Party Pays system that will make incoming minutes free on mobile phones. The regulator, which has yo-yoed on implementing CPP for years’, wants public comments on the published tariffs. It’s latest deadline for CPP implementation is May this year.
CPP was to be implemented from as far back as early 2000.
There were however disagreements on the mobile termination charges.
The originator of the call will have to pay on average extra Rs. 5 for every out going call minute made to a mobile phone. Many say the increase is too much.
In some instances the increase is almost 100 percent.
CPP was introduced in other countries to facilitate rural rollouts through mobile communication which is a faster and cheaper to deploy.
Countries like Pakistan saw phenomenal growth. There, when CPP was introduced in 2000 the number of connections more than doubled.
In Sri Lanka however, mobile penetration has increased e