Controlling Ringtones

The telecom watchdog TRC gave Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) permission to fully own a mobile services provider under condition that all transactions are done at arms length.rn

rnIndustry players say that this is not the case.rn

rnCross subsidies are already being given by SLT in terms of interest free loans and long periods to settle interconnection dues.rn

rnSLT officials were not willing to comment on these transactions.rn

rnOfficials at the telecom watchdog where the new rules are being drafted say that convergence in telecom technology has created the need for new rules.rn

rnldblquote Convergence brings up new issues. One party will become more powerful. How could we offer a level playing field to everybody if there are no rules? says Pushpa Amarasiri, Director Legal, TRC.rn

rnldblquote Most of the rules are already there in the licenses-no link-sales, no cross-subsidisation etc.,
dblquote she points out.rn

rnThe rules will roughly cover four areas. Operators will not be allowed to engage in