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A long overdue spectrum reallocation process got the government’s nod, with telco operators Suntel, Lanka Bell and Mobitel to be relocated on the frequency table. A long overdue spectrum reallocation process got the government’s nod, with telco operators Suntel, Lanka Bell and Mobitel to be relocated on the frequency table. The reallocation within the 800 MHz and 900 MHz spectrum bands will allow the two wireless local loop operators to expand their network into rural Sri Lanka using low cost CDMA (code division multiple access) technology and will help Mobitel to add capacity to its new GSM network.

However, incumbent operator Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) is unhappy with the government’s conditions tied to the reallocation process. Instead, SLT has submitted a revised proposal and will wait for a response before joining the reallocation process.

A senior SLT official said: “Last week we sent our amendments to the government’s proposal but have not had any feedback yet.”

Government’s conditions in the proposal include annual minimum commitments for three years, penalties for not meeting targets and restrictions of mobility (allow customers to use their ph