Up to five firms are asking for a third generation (3G) mobile testing licence, the response to the Telecommunication Regulatory Commissions (TRC) call that ended last Friday.
The telecom watchdog intends to evaluate the applications and issue the one-year test licences within February, senior TRC officials told Lanka Business Online. rn
rnThe regulator also needs to clear spectrum in the 1800 and 1900 MHz frequency range before issuing the licences. rn
rnTRC officials say they are happy with the response, but the regulator had made plans to issue six licences, resorting to an auction if more applications were received. rn
rnOfficials say current telecom and data services providers made up a bulk of the applications. rn
The move to issue licences heeds to calls from the industry for spectrum to test 3G services in Sri Lanka. rn
However, the testing and developing licence will not ensure a 3G operator licences at the end of the trial process. rn
Conditions in the invitation limit the licenc