Staying Put

Incumbent fixed line and data operator SLT recently faced a string of problems including a court ruling that overturned a tariff hike and delays in getting a CDMA license. Incumbent fixed line and data operator SLT recently faced a string of problems including a court ruling that overturned a tariff hike and delays in getting a CDMA license. However during an interview with LBR, SLT, CEO Shuhei Anan said the company is evaluating new investments and is poised to take advantage of convergence between telecoms, internet and broadcast technology.

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Shamindra Kulamannage: Do you think of the criticism about SLT’s slow rural network rollout is fair?
Suhei Anan: It has been a government company. We have to accept and we have to build a company that is competitive.

SK: When you took over Mobitel the regulator put restrictions saying you can’t synergize your infrastructure etc. Then came the technology neutral licensing and there was so much progress after that.
In this context do you think that the conditionalities are a bit outdated?

SA: Incumbent operators have such mobile arms. We can’t treat it differ