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Sri Lanka Telecommunications 

Telephone Services

Is there an existing landline telephone network?

(Yes / No)

Yes

 

Does it allow international calls?

(Yes / No)

Yes

On average, number and length of downtime periods

30 minutes

Mobile phone providers (List)

(a) Dialog GSM, (b) Mobitel, (c) CellTel, (d) Hutchison

Estimated availability and coverage

(Approximate percentage of national coverage)

Countrywide, except Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu


NOTE: Procdedure to obtain sbscription (a) Pre-paid: Application form plus passport or ID required. (b) Post paid: Same as (a) plus proof of residency required.

Telecommunication Regulation

Regulations

Regulations on usage or import of:

Yes / No

Regulating Authority

Satellite

Yes

Requires approval from the Ministry of Defence for all transceiver equipment

HF Radio

Yes

Requires approval from the Ministry of Defence for all transceiver equipment

UHF/VHF/HF radio: handheld, base and mobile

Yes

Requires approval from the Ministry of Defence for all transceiver equipment

UHF/VHF repeaters

Yes

Requires approval from the Ministry of Defence for all transceiver equipment

GPS

n/a

n/a

VSAT

Yes

Requires approval from the Ministry of Defence for all transceiver equipment

Individual Network Operator Licenses Required
n/a
Frequency Licenses Required
n/a

NOTE:  A request for approval is submitted to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC). TRC forwards it to the Ministry of Public Security, Law and Order (MPSLO). MPSLO then forwards it to Ministry of Defence (MoD) for clearance before approval is granted.

Existing Humanitarian Telecoms Systems 

Existing UN Telecommunication Systems

Organisations 

UNDP

UNICEF

OCHA

WHO

UNHCR

VHF frequencies

YesYesYesYesYes

HF frequencies

YesYesYesYesYes

Repeaters

(Locations)

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VSAT

NoNoNoNoNo