More payphones for rural areas
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) has
allocated Rs 45 million to provide payphone facilities in rural areas
Under the scheme each payphone installed by licensed operators or
resellers in identified rural areas will be paid a Rs 50,000 subsidy
according to an agreement signed between the Commission and operators.
The Kokavil telecom tower under construction.
This was revealed by the TRCSL at the eighth annual Commonwealth
Telecommunication Organization (CTO) Forum which was held in Colombo
TRCSL is in the process of developing telecommunication sector
infrastructure in the Northern and Eastern provinces while facilitating
The proposed telecommunication towers of all service providers in the
Northern and Eastern Provinces include Ampara 262, Mullaitivu 3, Mannar
34, Vavuniya 31, Batticaloa 171, Trincomalee 144, Jaffna 139 and
The TRCSL also engaged in setting up new common towers at Kokavil in
the Mullaitivu district and Malayaparithikulam in the Vavuniya district
to assist broadcasting operators as well as mobile operations in the
The Commission also stated that policy and guidelines for antenna
structures have also been finalized. Action is being taken to announce
it as a national policy shortly.
TRCSL has identified the importance of deploying a Optical Fibre
National Backbone Network development project to reach cost effective
and reliable broadband networks to interconnect the country. At TRCSL’s
request, a consultancy has also been commissioned by World Bank to study
the feasibility of deploying an optical fibre National Backbone Network
by using the infrastructure of Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Sri Lanka
Railway and other utility providers.
This is considered as an important step in achieving cost effective
and reliable broadband networks while facilitating future Next
Generation Network (NGN) development.
TRCSL intends to establish a multi-stakeholder dialogue with the
participation of all related parties to implement the project proposals
for the backbone infrastructure with the help of results of this