Mumbai: Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group company Reliance
Communications has slashed its roaming rates by about
70 per cent to 40 paise a minute on some select plans,
while incoming has been made just Re1 per minute from
we have taken a step further by reducing roaming rates
to as low as 40 paise per minute on select plans,"
Reliance Communications president (personal business)
S.P. Shukla said.
said, on the post-paid One India plans, all calls while
in roaming will be charged one rupee per minute as against
Rs1.75 being charged by other operators.
the pre-paid `One India'' plan, roaming rates would be
40 paise per minute for all ''on-net'' (Reliance to Reliance
calls) and incoming calls would be charged 40 paise. Also,
national STD would be available at one rupee per minute,
further said that on the pre-paid recharge coupon value
of Rs 520 all calls in India would be charged Rs1.20 per
minute, while on the Rs770 recharge, all local calls would
be available at 80 paise per minute and inter-circle calls
at Rs1.20 per minute.
TRAI had, in February, reduced the roaming charges, as
per which the maximum permissible charge for roaming calls,
irrespective of terminating networks and tariff plans,
was set at Rs1.40 per minute for outgoing local calls,
Rs2.40 for outgoing national long distance calls and Rs1.75
for incoming calls. The telecom regulator had already
charge reduction gained more ground after former telecom
minister Dayanidhi Maran had told the media that he was
planning the abolition of national roaming charges as
a gift to Tamil Nadu chief
minister M Karunanidhi on his birthday on June 3.
current minister A Raja has said the government is looking
into the possibility.
further said that these rates were much lesser than the
rates prescribed by TRAI. He declined to comment on the
revenue implications of the move.