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Mar. 31 (LBO) – Sri Lanka Telecom, the island’s dominant fixed-line operator, Friday said they will resume sales of Code Division Multiplex Access or CDMA phones from April 1st. The decision comes after SLT got a court injunction against the telecom regulator to, on their CDMA installation charges.

SLT suspended sales of CDMA connections on March 21, after the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) set a March 20 deadline to cut charges from Rs. 18,400 to Rs. 12,000.

“We will now resume CDMA sales at the earlier price of Rs. 18,400 from tomorrow,” SLT’s Chief Corporate Officer Pat Abeysekera said.

CDMA, a low cost wireless technology, is commonly used by operators worldwide for faster mobile phone connections.

In Sri Lanka, telco’s SLT, Lanka Bell and Suntel are using CDMA technology to provide fixed-line access, making telephony accessible and affordable to all, even in the most far flung regions.

SLT, which joined the CDMA race after its rivals, has sold around 100,000 connections to date.

The private operators collectively have sold around 150,000 connections, according to TRC figures.

The AAA (sri) rated telco giant controls 78 p