Mobitel will tap the telecom watchdogs payphone subsidy to rollout call boxes in the Sri Lankan outback using ACeS satellite connections.
The Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) cellular subsidiary signed up with Asian satellite communication services provider ACeS on Tuesday to offer satellite phone connections that work anywhere within the island and the Asian region at around Rs. 50,000 for the handset and connection.rn
rnThe deal between ACeS and Mobitel offers two connection options, a fixed line where local call charges are Rs. 19 a minute and the mobile phone line that works in a South and South East Asia charging Rs. 40 a minute for outgoing calls. rn
rnMobitels Chief Executive Lalith de Silva told reporters that M Sats tariffs were 70 per cent lower than other satellite phone connections available in Sri Lanka. rn
rnDe Silva added that talks were underway with the Government and the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) to bridge the gap with local fixed line rates to enable the firm to rol