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Dilshan Wirasekara, Chief Executive Officer of First Capital Treasuries PLC

New interconnection policies may require external gateway operators to make minimum traffic commitments with network operators.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), on Friday published the draft interconnection framework, a base document that will guide operators to negotiate charges for accessing and providing access to telecom networks.rn

rnThe interconnection framework is the missing jigsaw in a recent draft external gateway operators licence, much of which is based on connecting with other networks.rn

rnUnless amendments are proposed, operators can demand traffic commitments of up to 12 months.rn

rnMeanwhile, base rates for interconnection charges range from 0.19 cts and 0.72 cts within fixed networks and Rs. 1.08 across mobile networks. The rates will apply to all interconnection agreements between operators.rn

rnSri Lanka Telecom Limited (SLT) has been handed the mandate to draw up a Reference Interconnection Offer (RIO) setting out the terms for approval.rn

rnA list of