Late Tariff

Fixed line giant Sri Lanka Telecom’s shift to a per-second tariff will be put off until after March 2006, when an appeal in the Supreme Court over its last tariff hike is taken up. Fixed line giant Sri Lanka Telecom’s shift to a per-second tariff will be put off until after March 2006, when an appeal in the Supreme Court over its last tariff hike is taken up. The new pricing structure is hinged on the court ruling as it will have to be based on the tariff decaled as legal by the judiciary.

Industry analysts say the appeal process could take up to a year or more depending on the arguments filed.

The telecom Watchdog in September issued a directive, asking SLT to submit proposals to migrate to the new billing system.

It is understood that Sri Lanka Telecom has complied with the directive, but a decision to approve it was held back for the outcome of Monday’s leave to appeal.

The cellular industry and the fixed line competitors Lanka Bell and Suntel meanwhile are already on a time based tariff.

Go Ahead

Sri Lanka Telecom on November 7, 2005 was granted special leave to appeal a Court of Appeal ruling against its last tariff revision.

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