Cheaper Calls

Nov 26, 2009 (LBO) – South Asian telecommunications regulators have decided to ask phone companies in the region to reduce international call charges, an official said. Priyantha Kariyapperuma, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Sri Lanka, said the move, at a Colombo meeting of regional regulators, is intended to make overseas calls cheaper.

All regulators agreed on the need to make IDD (international direct dial) calls more affordable to improve connectivity of people in the region, he told a news conference at the end of the two-day meeting.

“All the regional regulators agreed to talk to their respective operators and come up with a figure (call tariff),” he said.

“All agree we need an affordable IDD tariff as a matter of principle. All agreed we need to reduce the IDD rates in the region.”

Kariyapperuma said a committee of officials representing regulators of the region was appointed to establish a new tariff regime as early as possible.

The proposal was mooted at a summit of south Asian leaders in Colombo under the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation.

Studies have found that it is cheaper