Clearing the Air

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

A draft spectrum management report recommends auctioning as the basis for allocating slots in the 1800 and 1900 MHz frequency band.
Justifying its recommendations, the report say auctioning frequency slots would obtain competitive market rats for the scarce resource opposed to fixed rates last revised in 1996. rn

rnThe telecom watchdog already cleared four slots in the 1800 MHz range for the mobile industry, with only two players, Dialog GSM and Mobitel Private Limited opting for it.rn

rnThe report suggests a total of ten slots in the 1800 MHz band. rn

rnThe Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) hopes clear up the 1800 and 1900 HMz by Dec 04, opening it up for mobile and limited mobility services. rn

rnExisting users of the 1800 and 1900 range will be compensated to move into alternative air space.rn

rnThree options for spectrum allocation are available, with industry comments received before July 25 and further discussions with the network operators deciding on the best option.