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Payphone operator Tritel, has become the fourth player to pick up a CDMA, or a low cost wireless communications license on Monday, officials said. Payphone operator Tritel, has become the fourth player to pick up a CDMA, or a low cost wireless communications license on Monday, officials said. “Tritel has been given the facility to use CDMA and they have applied for a frequency spectrum,” Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Director General, Aruna Amarasekera told LBO on Monday.

Tritel, currently piggybacks on wireless, wireline and mobile operators to connect over 3,000 payphone booths scattered islandwide.

The shift to CDMA, gives Tritel a slot on the 450 MHz (mega hertz) band, but is likely to limit its scope to core business of running a payphones.

CDMA (code division multiple access) service is cheaper and commonly used for faster mobile connectivity. But in Sri Lanka, it is being deployed to give fixed line connections to people living in remote parts of the island.

Customers can virtually plug ‘n play with a CDMA handset because it does not use conventional copper cables to connect through an exchange. Operators, inst