The Telecom Regulatory Commission (TRC) has introduced a new common floor rate for the Sri Lanka telecom industry. This will be with effect from February 1. “The idea is to set a new minimum rate creating a level playing field for all operators,” an official from the TRC said. “It will enable small time operators also to be competitive.”
Under the circular issued by TRC, Short Messages (SMS’) will be increased from the current cents 10 to 20. In addition call charges within the same network between two subscribers too will be increased by cents 50. (Rs. 1.50) This will be for post paid users (on per minute billing.) In the pre paid segment, a call made to a different operator will be reduced from the current Rs. 2.50 to Rs. 1.80. As for the pre paid users with the network the tariff will be increased from Rs. 1.50 to 1.80.