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Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) is forecasting a surge in international call revenue, as an old microwave link with South India was re-established on Monday.
The link with Indias domestic call giant Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will also offer international connections to neighbouring Nepal, Pakistan and Bangaladesh.rn

rnBSNL has a countrywide network services over 43 million fixed line customers, plus its recently rolled out mobile venture, has so far attracted over four million users. rn

rnThe partnership with SLT will allow BSNL to route calls to overseas destinations at very competitive rates against international gateway operators back in India. rn

rnSLT Chairman Thilanga Sumathipala told Journalists that the link will help top up international call revenues, which plummeted in 2003 when over 30 new international gateway licenses were issued. rn

rnSumathipala declined to comment on revenue forecasts from the operation for 2004 and on any commitments by BSNL on call minutes to be routed thr