CDMA is a big story in Sri Lanka these days. As a result of the frequency refarming process that was started in 2003 with the issuance of 1800 GSM frequencies to Dialog Telekom and Mobitel through an auction, 800 CDMA frequencies were released earlier this year by the Telecom Regulatory Commission. The article by Amal Jayasinghe in lbo.lk provides more detail on how the rollout is proceeding. Shortly after the article was published, Suntel began to offer LKR 1500 discounts, which may be the start of the price reductions I refer to in the Jayasinghe piece.
Suntel has also announced that it will offer pre-paid fixed service for the first time in Sri Lanka. These developments have many interesting connections with LIRNEasia projects, including the focus on effective regulatory reforms (incl. spectrum refarming) for rural rollout, the role of microfinance and the ICT use on a shoestring project.