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Lanka Internet Services Ltd could become Sri Lanka’s eighth telecom service provider, operating an islandwide network under its existing enhanced voice license. Lanka Internet Services Ltd could become Sri Lanka’s eighth telecom service provider, operating an islandwide network under its existing enhanced voice license. The internet solutions and international calling card operator’s management and a team of equipment suppliers and financiers will call in US$ 25 million for startup infrastructure and a 150,000 telephone-line network.

Lanka Internet Vice President Thushara Seneviratne told Lanka Business Online on Tuesday: “We will have the equipment on the ground in 90 days ready to connect 150,000 customers anywhere in the island.”

Enhanced voice has been a much disputed topic in Sri Lanka, with network operators taking the country’s three enhanced voice license holders – Lanka Internet, LankaCom and Electroteks – to courts over several issues including provision of voice service in the local and international market.

The focal point of the dispute was the interpretation of enhanced voice. The three licensees argue their license allowed them to d