Penny Wise

The telecom regulator has hired Frontier Economics Ltd to do a cost study on mobile and fixed termination rates between operators.
The operators and the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) jointly mooted the study in February, after operators failed to agree on new interconnection rates put forward by operators.rn

rnIndustry experts say a proper cost study on termination rates have never been done and interconnection rates have always been a sticky point among operators. rn

rnThe UK firm has been given time until June to come up with a realistic cost figure. Frontiers mandate also requires it put together four regional models similar to Sri Lankan context.rn

rnThe findings of the study, forms a key element to enable free incoming calls on mobile phones.rn

rnFrontier Economics is not new to Sri Lanka. Its London office together with Denton Wilde Sapte, advised the governments Public Interest Programme Unit on how to set up the new multi-sector regulator for infrastructure industries.