The telecom watchdog is about to rubber stamp a long overdue tariff rise for Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), while also reviewing its tariffs for submarine cables.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), is seeking a consultant to re-look at the pricing structure on the SEA-ME-WE submarine cables to allow cheaper access to other operators.rn
rnSLT enjoys access to the fiber-optic cable that connects Asia and the Middle East with Europe through a shareholding in the submarine cable.rn
rnOther local telecom and datacom operators can also access SLT capacity in the cable by paying a set fee.rn
rnThe TRC is seeking a consultants expertise to review these prices.rn
rnThe telecom watchdog says with the increasing levels of competition, access prices to submarine cables should come down. rn
rnldblquote Some time ago the TRC approved new tariff rates and the rates have come down. We need to review that and work out reasonable rates, which are beneficial to all parties,
dblquote Themiya Hurulle,