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Telco firms will meet the telecom watchdog Tuesday to discuss termination rates proposed in a recent consultant cost study.
Telecommunications Regulatory Commission senior officials say the meeting will help complete the study, which will set termination rates between networks. rn

rnThe study was initiated earlier this year to impose actual cost based call termination rates.rn

rnThe new study was intended to consider interconnection rates under a caller party pays regime, studying international models similar to Sri Lanka at present. rn

rnThe cost based termination rates will be used as a guideline for interconnection negotiations including the proposed reference interconnection offer to be made by SLT to the other operators before the end 2003. rn

rnThe two wireless local loop operators Suntel and Lanka Bell have been identified separately in the study, unbundling them from the fixed service provider group which included Sri Lanka Telecom.rn

rnThe separation follows lobbying from the two ope