LBN cable TV operations
Another private satellite TV station was on Friday
ordered to suspend operations pending investigations as to whether
it had a valid licence to operate, Sri Lanka Telecommunication Regulatory
Commission (SLTRC) Director General Kanchana Ratwatte said.
The sudden suspension of operations of LBN (Pvt)
Ltd has inconvenienced thousands of viewers mainly those watching
the live coverage of the football world cup now being played in
the private satellite television station CBN (Pvt) Ltd head office
in Kotahena was sealed by the CID and its action has been challenged
Court has ordered that a report on the operations
of CBN Sat be submitted to court when the case comes up for hearing
Mr. Ratwatte told The Sunday Times that although
CBN Sat has both a Vendor and an External Gateway licence for International
Telecommunications issued to its partner company SonicNet Technologies
(Pvt) Ltd., these licences were limited to telecommunication and
not for video satellite operation.
But, CBN (Pvt) Ltd. claimed the two companies
were jointly operating since May last year and their operations
were not illegal.
Mr. Ratwatte said LBN Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., too had
no licence to operate.
Not having an appropriate licence to transmit
satellite television is a direct violation of Section 17 (1) of
the Telecommunications Act No. 25 of 1991.
LBN (Pvt) Ltd was not available for comment.