Signals across Palk Strait disturb Lanka

By Damith Wickremasekara

Sri Lanka has urged India to control its telecommunication networks as its signals were affecting local mobile phone users, Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRC) Director General Anusha Palpita said yesterday.

He said the request had been made through the External Affairs Ministry to the Indian government after at least two of the local mobile companies complained that their networks were affected by the signals.
Initial findings had revealed that the signals for the CDMA — a channel access method used for radio communication technologies — were affecting the local signals, he said.

“There are complaints that local mobile phone calls get disconnected or people speaking on mobile phones cannot hear each other. There are also complaints that the conversation is interrupted by strange noises,” he said.

The TRC chief said the worst affected areas were the coastal areas from Puttalam to Jaffna and the central areas. “With the winds coming towards Sri Lanka during March-May the disturbances are higher

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