June 1 will see the mobile telecommunication industry experience an interconnect rate of 50 cents, Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRC) sources said.
Interconnection means connecting a call originating from one operator to another; for example Dialog to Mobitel or vice versa.
The Interconnection rate (IC) is specified to ensure fair compensation for the use of the receiving party network infrastructure.
The rate applies both ways and hence represents parity and fair bilateral compensation. Currently there is no charge for connecting calls through and operators with a large subscriber base suffer most as they receive more calls than connecting to other operators, adding to their cost.
“The TRC has already determined the price and the interconnect system will definitely be implemented, as was discussed with the industry players about two weeks ago along with the Treasury secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera chairing the meeting,” a TRC source told the Business Times.
He said President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be notified of this move by next week. All operators - Dialog, Mobitel, Tigo, Hutch and Airtel -- will have to abide by the new rule.