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Touchtel says to reduce intra-circle STD tariffs

Touchtel said it would match 25% STD tariff cut unveiled by BSNL for fixed calls beyond 100 km.

business Updated: Dec 12, 2003 17:27 IST

Fixed line service provider Touchtel on Friday said it would match the 25 per cent STD tariff cut announced by state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd for fixed calls beyond 100 kilometres, within a circle.

"Our customers cannot be at a disadvantage. We are competing with BSNL and hence, we will also be reducing the tariffs to Rs 1.80 a minute from the existing Rs 2.40 from December 15, to match BSNL,"Bharti Infotel Ltd president Badri Agarwal said on the sidelines of a conference.

Agarwal said the company currently has about 5,40,000 basic subscribers across six circles.

Earlier this week, BSNL announced a 25 per cent cut in STD tariffs for fixed to fixed calls beyond 100 kms within a circle, in a bid to bring rates at par with mobile tariffs.

BSNL's move was aimed at encouraging people to retain and use fixed line phones.

First Published: Dec 12, 2003 17:27 IST