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Sri Lanka’s commercial 3G licensing process is taking time to materialize as policymakers grapple over compensation for relocating current users in the spectrum table. Sri Lanka’s commercial 3G licensing process is taking time to materialize as policymakers grapple over compensation for relocating current users in the spectrum table. A proposed spectrum reallocation process in 2003 sought to clean up Sri Lanka’s frequency table to clear the way for growing demand for fixed and mobile telecom services.

The proposed cleanup included moving current occupants of the 1800 MHz and 1900 MHz frequency bands to be used to expand GSM, wireless local loop and the much hyped 3G services.

The consultation report recommended compensation for relocating current occupants to new frequency bands.

However, a Telecom Regulatory Commission official says the process, with a proposed December 2004 date for completion, is now waiting for policy direction from its governing body on the compensation issues.

Regulatory officials are now reportedly rethinking the compensation offer as, some of the current occupants have used the spectrum for over ten years – meaning that th