Sri Lanka’s largest alternative telco Lanka Bell has been listing its achievements since switching on the country’s link to the FLAG undersea fibre-optic network in June 2008, as reported by the local Daily Mirror newspaper. Lanka Bell has invested USD27 million to link Sri Lanka to the ‘Falcon’ section of the FLAG cable, which is owned by India’s Reliance Communications and recently reached 87 points of presence (POPs) worldwide. The FLAG connection has enabled Lanka Bell to offer free internet connectivity on CDMA-based and dial-up connections whilst offering high quality IDD voice services and forcing down the cost of international calls in the country. The telco has also ventured into various corporate markets such as International Data Centres. Additionally, Lanka Bell’s customer base for high speed internet has grown by over 300% in less than 18 months. Lanka Bell is the largest CDMA-based fixed-wireless telephony provider in Sri Lanka with around 1.2 million subscribers by end-June 2009.