Another First — Updated

The telecom watchdog on Tuesday came out of cold storage to flex its legal muscle and file charges against Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd for defying regulators orders.
This is the first time in history the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) has taken an operator to court.rn

rnFiling papers at the Colombo District Court, the regulator said that Mobitel and six other top officials had violated section 43 of the TRC Act.***rn

rnThe six top officials included the cellular operators Chairman Thilanga Sumathipala, Shuhei Anan (Director), Ken Sato (Director), Lalith de Silva (CEO) and two other senior executives endash Kapila Chandrasekera and the firms company secretary.rn

rnMobitel earned the regulators wrath when it refused to call off its promotional GSM package. rn

rnThe two-month trial period for its GSM service, started this month by offering free calls for subscribers. rn

rnMobitel was also allowing blocks of 11 minutes worth of outgoing calls to customers, during the trial run.rn

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