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Sri Lanka’s seven telecom operators took a Supreme Court injunction against the ICT Agency on Tuesday, halting a rural telecom network licensing process. Sri Lanka’s seven telecom operators took a Supreme Court injunction against the ICT Agency on Tuesday, halting a rural telecom network licensing process. The ICT Agency is currently taking in applications to pre-qualify bidders for two licenses covering the north and east and the deep-south regions.

The Agency has till March 29 to file its objections, with the telecom watchdog sighted as a codefendant.

Among the reasons sighted in the petition is the legality in the ICT Agency issuing telecom licenses under current industry laws.

Secretary to the Telecommunication Ministry C Maliyadde told Lanka Business Online on Tuesday that the government will have to see that there is no contravention in the licensing process.

Prevailing laws only allow the Telecommunications Minister to issue licenses on recommendation from the telecom regulator.

The operators also claim the regional telecom license, awarded on a least cost subsidy model, gives the successful bidder a five year monopoly