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Singapore Telecom’s local venture on Wednesday rolled out retail internet solutions, building up for potential growth in Sri Lanka’s IT market. Singapore Telecom’s local venture on Wednesday rolled out retail internet solutions, building up for potential growth in Sri Lanka’s IT market. LankaCom however says regulatory and a lack of access to fixed line operators infrastructure has kept internet cost high and retail usage low.

LankaCom chief Rohith Udalagama told Journalist in Colombo that the regulator had failed to unbundled the local loop, which would give third party companies like his, to offer value added services to fixed line customers.

Value added services, including internet are even now available to fixed line customers, but users pay for the service plus call charges to their phone company.

Udalagama says if the regulator intervenes to unbundled the local loop, customers will have access to third party service at lower costs – with the operator and third party service provider splitting revenues to compensate.

Under the current setup Udalagama says third party service providers are at a disadvantage over networ