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BSNL expects surge in NLD traffic after rate cut

BSNL is expecting a 20-25 per cent surge in NLD traffic volume after reducing rates.

business Updated: Apr 18, 2003 17:18 IST

BSNL said it is expecting a 20-25 per cent surge in domestic long distance traffic volume, following a 47 per cent cut in STD rates earlier this week.

"We are anticipating a volume surge of 20-25 per cent in the NLD traffic, that will help us offset the loss," Prithipal Singh, CMD, BSNL said at a telecom seminar.

Singh, however, declined to comment on the quantum of the hit the corporation would have to take following the cut, saying the company does not calculate it beforehand and whatever it is, the volume would make up for it.

To a query whether any further rate cut is expected, he said it could be in basic tariffs. "Very shortly, it could be on Thursday as we need a 10-day discussion period after filing it with them", he said while replying as to when the corporation would file it with TRAI.

BSNL is likely to file in all three to four alternate packages for basic services, besides the standard tariff package.

The corporation is not likely to propose any hike in the rentals in the alternate tariff packages, at least for exchange capacity of one lakh and above.

BSNL had earlier said that it is working out alternate tariff packages with "flexibility and value additions", for its subscribers.

BSNL this week announced a 47 per cent cut in domestic long distance rates to Rs 4.80 during peak hours from the current Rs 9 per minute.

First Published: Mar 06, 2003 17:38 IST