Mar 28, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is allowing spectrum sharing and domestic roaming to promote shared resources and cut costs so that broadband tariffs can be kept low, the telecom regulator said. “We are allowing spectrum sharing,” director general of the telecommunications regulatory commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) Anusha Pelpita said.
“We will not regulate their tariffs but they will have to apply to us. This will help keep costs down and subscribers will get lower tariffs.”
Domestic roaming has already been recently permitted and Airtel and Etisalat have started to allow customers to roam on each others’ network, he said.
Dialog on Thursday paid 3.2 billion rupees for a 10MegaHertz paired frequencies block in the 1800MHz band paying 2.0 billion rupees higher than the next bidder, in an auction which had a floor price of 3.2 billion rupees.
Pelpita said the frequencies are expected to be used in the rollout of fourth generation LTE (long term evolution) high speed mobile broadband services.
The 1800 spectrum was allocated for GSM (2G) services by the International Telecommunications Unions, but can be used for 4G.
The 75MHz of paired bandwidth in the frequency ba