Peace Talks

Ending days of cross talk, telecom operators on Saturday said they were firmly behind the governments liberalisation agenda, but had reservations on some parts of its policy.
Telecom operators say they fully support multiple External Gateway Operators or EGOs entry, which will cut down international call prices through competition and maximised choice.rn

rnIn a joint statement, six operators endash Lanka Bell, Suntel, SLT, Dialog, Mobitel and Celltel said the knotty areas mainly centred on lower rates they are to get from lucrative international incoming calls.rn

rnOver the years, Sri Lanka Telecom has benefited greatly from international inpayments to cross subsidise local networks. SLT was able to do so, as it had total monopoly on all international voice traffic terminating on domestic networks.rn

rnRecently, SLT has agreed to share some of its loot from international inpayments with private operators. rn

rnBut operators say under the proposed interconnection legislation, the fee proposed t