BSNL lowers ISD rates to select SAARC countries

BSNL lowers ISD rates to select SAARC countries
PTI
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First Published: Sun, Nov 02 2008. 12 24 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Nov 02 2008. 12 24 PM IST
New Delhi: After a lull, the telecom tariff war may resume once again, with BSNL reducing ISD call rates by up to a third of the existing rates.
BSNL has reduced ISD tariff to some of the SAARC nations like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives and Pakistan from mobile as well as fixed line phones.
A BSNL official said that the decision for selective ISD rate cut is based on traffic elasticity. “The next round of cuts could be for calls to the Middle East and West Asian countries,” he said.
From BSNL cell, under the Postpaid Plan 725, calls to Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives and Pakistan would cost Rs9 per minute instead of the existing Rs10, and from other post-paid plans and prepaid ones, call charges would be Rs9 per minute instead of Rs12. The drop in charges are in the range of 11-33%.
For BSNL fixed line users, call charges to these four countries would now be Rs9.60 paise per minute for a Rs7.5 second pulse. Earlier, the charges were Rs12 a minute for a six-second pulse.
At present, private players charge Rs6.40 a minute to countries like the US and Canada. The new rates are effective from 1November.
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First Published: Sun, Nov 02 2008. 12 24 PM IST