The telecommunications industry in Sri Lanka is losing nearly Rs. 10 billion annually as a result of international calls being taken using the Voice over IP (VOIP) technology which enables a user to make an IDD call to a telephone via the internet.
The Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Anusha Pelpita, speaking to Daily Mirror online, said that a meager tax is imposed on companies using the technology on a large scale but yet there are those who do it illegally resulting in a huge loss to the telecom industry. However he insisted there is no move to ban the technology.
Meanwhile companies who use the technology on a large scale have received notification to register with the TRC by the end of this month, an official who had obtained the notification told Daily Mirror online. Pelpita admitted however that despite the registration process it is difficult to locate and crackdown on illegal users.
Read the full story in Daily Mirror online business: http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/business/117-other/5098-telco-industry-losing-billions.html