Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) may lose subscribers due to the introduction on 1 January 2009 of a levy on fixed line calls coupled with the 1% ‘nation building’ tax which was implemented on 1 February 2009. The Chief Secretary of the Lanka Telecoms Service Union (LTSU), P.S.B. Jayasundera, said that unless SLT reduced call charges immediately it would be impossible to retain its existing level of customers. According to Jayasundera, trade unions and SLT management recently discussed the possibility of reducing call charges, but the Telecommunication Regulation Commission (TRC) had opposed the idea.
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