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Chief Regulatory Officer at CSE Renuke Wijayawardhane presenting the listing certificate to Executive Chairperson at Renuka Hotels Shibani Thambiayah

An industry response report on issuing Sri Lanka’s first commercial 3G mobile license is expected before end January. An industry response report on issuing Sri Lanka’s first commercial 3G mobile license is expected before end January. The report is based on responses from the sector to a consultation on spectrum allocation for third generation mobile service published by Sri Lankas Telecommunications Regulatory Commission.

Industry source say the consultation paper could be implemented with minimal changes to the current proposal including the proposed selection criteria.

The industry is however expected to call for pricing, which was not detailed in the consultancy paper, to be kept at the US$ 1 million levels to justify a business case for the networks.

Industry sources said pricing levels comparable with the 1800 MHz spectrum auction in 2003, at US$ 1 million per block is reasonable for Sri Lanka despite a number of international 3G auctions attracting much more.

International experiences with 3G licensing has shown that the hyped up and high priced auctions, though lucrative for the government