To implement uniformity discussed at SATRC meeting
The issues related to telecommunication industry are global and
therefore the solutions are also global and finding individual solutions
is difficult. However, finding global solutions is also difficult and
therefore regional grouping such as South Asian Telecommunication
Regulators Council (SATRC) is very important, said the Secretary General
of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) Toshiyuki Yamada.
He was addressing the media at the conclusion of 11th SATRC meeting
held in Colombo last week. SATRC is the only sub regional organisation
in the APT which started 11 years ago.
The heads of the telecommunication regulatory bodies of the SAARC
countries and Iran participated at the three days conference and
discussed the issues obstructing the rapid growth of the ICT in the
region. Director General of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission
(TRC) of Sri Lanka Priyantha Kariyapperuma said that maintaining global
standards, introduce new technologies, share experience, remove
regulatory barriers that obstructing the growth of the industry,improve
regional connectivity, sharing infrastructure are the matters discussed
at the conference.
"We discussed how to connect South Asia region and proposals will be
presented to the policy-makers whatever their political view",
Kariyapperuma said. "South Asia region is a huge market with 2 billion
population. We need best practices in the business as well as in
Implementation of a uniform rate for calls made within the region was
an important matter that discussed, Kariyapperuma said. This is a
proposal made by Sri Lanka at last SAARC summit.