Financial Times

New IC likely before October

Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) is hoping to finalise a new Interconnection Charge (IC) within this month, a TRC official said.

"Presently we are working with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Consultant to work out a solution," Nishantha Palihawadana, Assistant Director Tariff at TRC told The Sunday Times FT, adding that the five operators are also participating in these talks.

He said the consultant will stay a week more and the TRC is pushing for a solution within this month.
"The consultant will send his report to the ITU after which ITU will direct us with some recommendations. Based on the recommendations, the TRC will set about an IC," he explained.

He noted that despite all this work being done, the TRC cannot 'satisfy everyone'. "But we will consider the sustainability of the industry and decide on a solution," he added.

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