The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka has launched a tender for the installation of a trial UMTS network. According to the terms of the contract, the network is required to be in place for twelve months, after which it must be removed at the operator’s own expense. The equipment will be installed in and around the capital city of Colombo; only one base station will be licensed. Allocation of spectrum will be up to a maximum of 5MHz of paired spectrum or equivalent unpaired spectrum. The company will not be permitted to levy tariffs for use of the trial service.
As it stands the island of Sri Lanka is home to three mobile players; MTN Networks, Lanka Cellular Services and Celltel Lanka. MTN is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia and offers services under the Dialog GSM brand. Lanka Cellular Services is backed by Hutchison Whampoa, while Celltel is owned by Luxembourg-based Millicom International Cellular.