TRCSL approves telephone, data tariff hikes

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The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRCSL) approved an increase in tariffs for all mobile, fixed-line, broadband, and additional services (prepaid and postpaid), and pay-TV services.

The tariff increase will take effect on 5 September.

As a result, the fees for mobile, fixed, and broadband services will be raised by 20 per cent. Meanwhile, pay-TV subscription fees will be increased by 25 per cent.

The decision was taken due to soaring operating costs caused by the continuous depreciation of the Sri Lankan rupee against the US dollar.

Meanwhile, the Value-Added Tax (VAT) for telecommunication services and pay-TV services will be increased from 12 per cent to 15 per cent, effective from 5 September, the TRCSL further said.

More information on the upward tariff hike for mobile, fixed-line, broadband, and pay-TV services can be obtained from the official website of the TRCSL.