Sri Lanka Telecom to suspend CDMA Citylink marketing

22 Mar 2006

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has been advised by its lawyers to stop connecting new CDMA wireless in the local loop (WiLL) subscribers to its Citylink service with immediate effect. The move follows SLT’s decision on Monday to seek legal consultation on a directive issued by telecom watchdog the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) regarding CDMA installation prices. SLT charges LKR18,400 for a Citylink CDMA connection, which the TRC considers too high. The regulator set a 20 March deadline for the telco to cut prices to LKR12,000. SLT, which competes against private operators Suntel and Lanka Bell in the CDMA WiLL market, has sold around 100,000 connections to date. The private operators collectively account for over 200,000 connections.

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