Open Sesame

Nov 05, 2007 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s teleco operators are pushing the industry regulator to remove technology limits and allow networks to share resources as part of a broad plan to liberalise the market further, officials said. The wish list — prepared during an industry pow-wow with the telecom watchdog last week — also includes prickly issues like allowing free incoming calls for seven million mobile phone users, re-aligning spectrum and allowing users to keep their own number when switching to rival operators.

“We asked operators to put down everything they wanted. The list will be first pruned down on a priority basis, before target dates are set for implementation,” Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Director General, Kanchana Ratwatte said.

What the operators want from the TRC

  • Universal licences
  • Re-align spectrum
  • Electronic universal number
  • Share common resources like towers, fibre optic cables etc
  • Toll free and premium services
  • Interconnection regime between fixe