Hold On

An estimated 325,956 telephone lines were pending connections by June 2005, with the bulk of the shortage in the western and southern provinces. An estimated 325,956 telephone lines were pending connections by June 2005, with the bulk of the shortage in the western and southern provinces. Data collected by the telecom watchdog point to an under supply of 41,075 phone in Colombo alone. Kurunegala follows suite with 27 214 connections pending.

Battle ravaged Jaffna meanwhile counts over 17,149 pending connection, the highest for the North East region.

Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Negombo making up the western province, where 25 percent of the islands phones reside, has a waiting list exceeding 100,000 lines.

Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) officials this week said the waiting list numbers were distributed among the three fixed line operators in proportion to their current customer base.

Officials were however unable to detail the age of the waiting list.

Industry analysts meanwhile say most candidates on the waiting list are not necessarily without a phone connection already – with most having atleast