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Sri Lanka to introduce “unlimited” internet not subject to FUP: regulator

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s telecom regulator has announced plans to provide “unlimited” internet packages to the public, not subject to a Fair Use Policy (FUP), an official said.

Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) Deputy Director (Tariff) Nishantha Palihawadana told EconomyNext that discussions are under way with operators to provide unlimited internet connectivity without resorting to bandwidth-throttling.

Palihawadana said the proposed unlimited packages will be an extension of the experience gained by internet service providers (ISPs) in providing platform-specific unlimited packages such as data plans for YouTube, WhatsApp, etc.

“Speeds will continue to be maintained,” he said, depending on the speed of the connection (fibre, LTE, 3G, etc).

Asked if Sri Lanka has the infrastructure capacity to provide unlimited internet, Palihawadana said infrastructure development is already under way in parallel to this project, with operators investing in coverage expansion. New base stations are being added, he said.

“If we we wait around for capacity to increase, how long will we have to wait?” he said.

The TRC tweeted this morning that it had issued a directive to all operators to “respond with unlimited internet packages” by March 1.

The commission said it is currently in the process of assessing packages submitted by complying operators, and consumers could expect the first round of unlimited plans to roll out by April this year.

An announcement with package details will be released in the beginning of April, said Palihawadana. (Colombo/Mar19/2021)

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