LawAsiaICT2008

Jan 25, 2008 (LBO) — Sri Lankan regulators should look for all options to bring down the cost of mobile phone ownership as the industry has emerged as a key driver of economic growth, the head of the island’s top celco has said. Better connectivity has enabled people become more productive, he added.

Business drivers in emerging markets like Sri Lanka need to make services more and more affordable to more and more people, Hans Wijayasuriya, chief executive of Dialog Telekom said.

Celcos should look at ways of improving the availability of their services by spreading their services irrespective of the economic viability of the region concerned, he told the LAWASIA ICT 2008 conference.

LAWASIA is a professional association of representatives of bar councils, law associations, individual lawyers and law firms from the Asia-Pacific region.

Light Footed

In a speech on telecommunications and the internet, Wijayasuriya said the regulatory environment should encourage “light-footed” operators who are able to deliver a variable a cost model.

Regulation should ensure a variable cost structure on a per client and per minute basis as opposed to a lumpy cost base which needs to be amortised over a mar