We were not optimistic about the telecom regulators actually doing something about lowering intra-SAARC phone prices more than one year after the SAARC heads of state said it should be done. The regulators show their independence when it comes to matters such as this. But the prices came down for LK-IN calls without any regulatory intervention. We continue to live in hope.
South Asian telecommunications regulators have decided to ask phone companies in the region to reduce international call charges, an official said. Priyantha Kariyapperuma, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Sri Lanka, said the move, at a Colombo meeting of regional regulators, is intended to make overseas calls cheaper.
All regulators agreed on the need to make IDD (international direct dial) calls more affordable to improve connectivity of people in the region, he told a news conference at the end of the two-day meeting.