Big No

Dilshan Wirasekara, Chief Executive Officer of First Capital Treasuries PLC

The cabinet has taken a firm stand to disconnect the licence of any telecom operator who refuses to toe in line with the new telecom liberalization policy.
At a meeting headed by Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, cabinet opted to go ahead with its liberalisation policy, which includes the hotly debated interconnection issue, making it compulsory for all operators.rn

rnCabinet also took the decision to inform foreign principals of local operators, who refuse to comply with the governments decision. The government plans to request principals to remove their local agents and nominate new players to run the operations.rn

rnTelecom operators on January 24, united to lobby against the draft External Gateway Operator (EGO) licence citing shortcomings including the lack of access tariffs. rn

rnThe governments telecom policy is broadly aimed at cutting call costs to consumers, but operators alleged it is aimed killing off the local industry.rn

rnThe interconnection framework will allow operators to access t