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Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRCSL) has been able to remove a significant bottleneck which impeded broadband and IT development in the country. Sri Lanka Telecom PLC which owns the landing stations of the two submarine cables which connect Sri Lanka to two deep sea cables namely SEA-ME-WE 3 and 4, recently lowered the charges for the provision of international backbone........

Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRCSL) has been able to remove a significant bottleneck which impeded broadband and IT development in the country. Sri Lanka Telecom PLC which owns the landing stations of the two submarine cables which connect Sri Lanka to two deep sea cables namely SEA-ME-WE 3 and 4, recently lowered the charges for the provision of international backbone services via these two cable landing stations (CLS).

Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT) has reduced its international backbone charges and landing station charges by 50%. This solves some of the difficulties encountered by the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) when providing data services for international destinations through the undersea fiber optic cable system that connects Sri Lanka to the rest of the world. SLT in addition to this tariff reduction has offered another competitive tariff to the BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) operators in the country with a view to attracting more foreign investment into Sri Lanka. Hence TRCSL will be continuing this process until such time the price matches the regional benchmark.

The reduction of IPLC (International Private Leased Circuits) charges would make it more affordable for investors to launch new ventures based on data services that would in turn create more opportunities in the IT sector. However due to the highly priced IPLC charges that had prevailed in the past Sri Lanka lost its competitive edge in the region as a sound investment destination. This had an impact on the country’s rapid economic development.

Another area that was a cause of concern to operators due to high international backbone circuit charges was QoS in broadband services. The lowering of the aforesaid charges enables operators to improve QoS to be in line with new standards that would be introduced in the near future.

The TRCSL will soon call for a revision of the backhaul and DPLC (Domestic Private Leased Circuit) tariffs to bring down the price of the point to point data transport in domestic circuits.