TRCSL to increase ADSL lines to 3 m
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) is
planning to increase the country’s total ADSL lines to 3 million within
the next five years. There are 300,000 ADSL lines in the country and it
needs to be increased upto 3 million in next five years. For this
relevant agencies need to work together to enable countrywide coverage
which will benefit internet users, TRCSL, Director General Anusha
Palpita told Daily News Business.
The call rates in Sri Lanka are affordable. However, the broadband
cost is high. The TRC is in the process of taking measures to reduce
It would introduce a backbone project which may help to reduce the
cost of broadband services.
A broadband consultative committee has been set up to study to
introduce a broadband policy to Sri Lanka. The telecommunication
industry is looking at an annual investment of US$ 40 to 50 billion. The
industry needs to be protected to ensure a better infrastructure
facility which strongly links with the country’s development.
There are nine operators in the industry and there is unhealthy
competition among industry players and they are involved in a price war.
Considering this the TRCSL in mid 2009 decided floor rates for the
However, the industry recorded a loss of Rs 15 billion last year.
When we consider the performances of operators in the first quarter of
2010, it is evident that the industry is recovering. The loss making
pattern should be reversed if the industry is to grow by one percent of
The regulators are concerned of the revenue loss on illegal
international bypass traffic which may account for 30 to 50 percent of
the IDD calls originating from abroad.
“We are losing tax revenue and foreign exchange. This is a
complicated matter that needs to be addressed to stop or minimize the
misuse,” Pelpita said.
TRCSL is taking several measures in this regard.
TRCSL is in the process of studying the possibility of introducing
the mobile number portability facility.The introduction of the mobile
number portability facility is in the consultative process and this will
The 172 metre high Kokavil tower set up with an investment of Rs 250
million is one of the tallest towers in South Asia. It provides coverage
for TV and radio apart from telecommunication purposes. Plans are
underway to recover the cost within ten years. This common tower concept
will be introduced to other parts of Sri Lanka on a trial basis.
The Sri Lankan telecommunication industry with nine operators has an
adequate number of players. Its rates are reasonable compared to the
other industries in the region.