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The final draft licence for External Gateway Operators (EGO) is due Tuesday, the license fee remains unchanged at US$ 50,000.
Operators will also pay 0.3 per cent of revenues annually to the telecom watchdog, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC). rn

rnFor seven days the draft will be open for public scrutiny from Tuesday, before coming into effect on January 31, sector Minister, Imthiaz Bakeer Markar said at a press conference in Colombo today.rn

rnTRC Director General Themia Hurulle said applications for EGO licences will be accepted from February 03. rn

rnThe state has also set a May date to auction short codes, a set of 80 two-digit (00XY) numbers that will identify an External Gateway Operator.rn

rnThe codes will be sold for a one time fee over an open auction – a multi round, bids on display to all bidders set up, now being designed with foreign expertise. rn

rnA set of 10 numbers have been reserved for expansion of the codes (00XYZ), to face up to a scenario where all the