June 29, 2006
Sri Lanka will be issuing licenses to satellite TV operators in the country for an annual fee of 500,000 rupees ($4,800).
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission said cable distribution networks and satellite communications networks would have to secure a license by July 21.
The annual fee is equivalent to 0.3% of total sales or a minimum of 500,000 rupees ($4,800). The five-year license is renewable, subject to performance and adherence to license conditions.
The move follows a government crackdown on three private satellite TV stations - LBN, CBNSat and SATNet - which operated without licenses.