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Cablegate: Foreign Government Invitation for Applications

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UNCLAS COLOMBO 000155

SIPDIS

USDOC FOR 4530/ITA/MAC/ANESA/OSA
EMBASSIES FOR FCS OFFICES

E.O 12958:N/A
TAGS: BTIO CE ECONOMICS
SUBJECT: FOREIGN GOVERNMENT INVITATION FOR APPLICATIONS
FOR LICENSES TO PROVIDE EXTERNAL GATEWAY SERVICES


1.542/01/T0008
2.012703
3.WHAVERY
4.542
5.N
6A.CONTACT
6B.DIRECTOR GENERAL
6CTELECOMMUNICATIONS REGULATORY COMMISSION OF SRI LANKA
276 ELVITIGALA MAWATHA, COLOMBO 8, SRI LANKA
7PHONE: 94-1-689345
8.FAX: 94-1-689341
E-MAIL: dgtsl@slt.lk
9.201
10.S3661.... COMMUNICATION SERVICES
S9631.... LICENSING - COMMUNICATION
11.COMMENTS:

Product Data

A.Detailed Product Description: The Telecommunications
Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) invites bidders
to send in their applications to obtain licenses to
operate telecommunications systems to provide external
gateway services.
ateway services.
B.Other information:
(a)Applications together with the license fee
should be submitted to the above address
starting February 03, 2003 and the commission
may seek further information, if so required.
(b)The draft license is available on the web site
http://www.trc.gov.lk
(c)The final license is expected to be published by
February 03, 2003.

Conditions applicable to a license are:

(1)There will be no limit to the number of licenses
that will be granted to applicants.
(2)The license permits the offering of wholesale
and retail international origination,
international termination and transit services,
amongst others.
(3)'Up front' license fee of U.S. Dollars 50,000
and Value added Tax (VAT) of 20 percent, should
be paid at the time of submission of the
application to TRCSL.
(4)Annual recurrent (Cess) fee of 0.3 percent on
annual gross turnover.
(5)License will be initially valid for a period of
10 years.
(6)The licensee will not be permitted to build its
build its
own domestic network infrastructure, but will be
required to use infrastructure facilities of
other licensed operators authorized to provide
such services through interconnection to such
systems.

REMARKS: Post would appreciate receiving a copy of the
U.S. firm's response. The copy should be sent to:

Commercial Attach
U.S. Embassy
210 Galle Road, P.O. Box 106
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Phone: 94-1-448007
Fax: 94-1-437345
Amselem
selem

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