Sanchar Nigam Ltd has announced a 15-25 per cent cut in
both ISD and inter-circle STD tariffs effective April
10. Domestic bandwidth prices for non-commercial users
have also been slashed by 60 per cent.
the revised tariffs, Mr V.P. Sinha, Chairman and Managing
Director, BSNL, noted that the new ISD rates are possible
because of the lower settlement rates offered by Videsh
Sanchar Nigam Ltd, while the STD drop is on account of
the new interconnection usage charge regime introduced
by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
our fixed and mobile subscribers, the ISD rates have been
reduced by average 25 per cent as we have decided to route
our ISD calls through VSNL till we sign agreements with
international carriers for our very own ILD operations,
which will commence soon. The reduction in tariffs would
result in a loss of Rs 300-350 crore but we hope it will
compensated through surge in traffic," he said.
noted that both the landline and mobile call rates to
the US and Canada, have been reduced by 25 per cent, at
Rs 7.20 per minute from Rs 9.60 per minute earlier. Similarly,
ISD calls to South-East Asian countries including Singapore,
Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong would cost
Rs 9.60 per minute as against Rs 12 per minute earlier,
a drop of 20 per cent.
subscribers making calls to the SAARC countries will have
to pay 15 per cent lower rates at Rs 18 per minute as
against Rs 21.18 per minute that was being charged at
peak time. The call rates to the rest of the world have
been similarly reduced by 25 per cent at Rs 18 per minute
as against the peak time rate of Rs 24 per minute.
revised list has left untouched the tariffs for calls
to the UK and rest of Europe, which continue to be charged
at the present rates of Rs 7.20 per minute and Rs 9.60
per minute respectively.
Sinha noted that BSNL also decided to reduce inter-circle
STD charges by 25 per cent for distance beyond 200 km
to Rs 3.60 per minute from Rs 4.80 for its fixed line
customers. The charges per minute are indicative only,
and the applicable charges will be as per the actual talk
time in multiples of 20 seconds. Subscribers opting for
"alternate packages" will get further discounted
Sinha also announced that non-commercial users of high
bandwidth (2Mbps & above) would now enjoy 60 per cent
discount on TRAI standard tariff 1999.
For example 2Mbps circuit, which now cost Rs 22 lakh,
will be available at Rs 8.8 lakh.
additional benefit is extended to these users in the reduction
of local lead charges as local lead is now charged from
SDCC (short distance
charging centre) to SDCC instead of earlier LDCC (long
distance charging centre) to LDCC. The discount is effective
from April 1.