Payphone service provider Tritel has installed 1500 solar-powered payphones around Sri Lanka, with 200 of these in the North and East areas. The company was planning to install another 150 solar-powered payphones. Tritel said payphones had become more popular than mobiles in recent months as they did not require a long term financial commitment. The company has targeted schools and educational institutes and had installed 150 phones so far, with requests for 200 more. Students in Sri Lanka are not permitted to use mobile phones at school. The government has allocated a subsidy of SLR50,000 for payphone providers to install payphones in rural areas.
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