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Jan 23 (LBO) -Wireless local loop operators Lanka Bell has sought the telco watchdog’s help to up its interconnection into fixed line giant Sri Lanka’s Telecom’s network. Jan 23 (LBO) -Wireless local loop operators Lanka Bell has sought the telco watchdog’s help to up its interconnection into fixed line giant Sri Lanka’s Telecom’s network. Lanka Bell wrote to the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) in early January, seeking its intervention on the interconnection shortfall.

A TRCSL official confirmed receiving a letter from Lanka Bell and said that in response a letter would be sent to SLT calling for an explanation.

A senior Lanka Bell official said SLT had only established 13 of 29 national points of interconnection (POIs) it had asked for and that capacity in the operational POIs were also inadequate.

Lanka Bell claims that since mid 2005, when it launched its low-cost CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) network, its customer base has tripled to 150,000 connected users.

SLT officials on Monday told LBO that an ongoing inquiry into illegal call termination was holding back an increase in interconnection capacity to the oper