Cost Cutting

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.

Tritel Services is talking to regional telecom players to sell a low cost payphone system designed for thinly populated areas.
The card phone system, designed and built in-house will cost 50 percent less than the lowest priced alternative available in the market today costing around US$ 1,500.rn

rnTritel CEO, Robert Schuster told Lanka Business Online that the low cost alternative was designed to deploy a cost effective telecom service in the low density rural areas. rn

rnThe payphone system is built on a custom built GSM platform making it a low cost solution, while the use of cards cuts down on the maintenance and coin collection costs notably. rn

rnBy the year end, upto 500 of the new payphone system will be installed close to community hotspots like shops and schools in areas with limited or no telephony service. rn

rnAs most villagers might not want to invest in a prepaid card, Tritel officials hope to feed the concept of one person buying a card and selling minutes to users, charging a s