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Calls from BSNL to pvt networks down by 75%

The PSU also reduced intra-circle (within a circle) call charges to other networks by 25 per cent.

india Updated: May 17, 2006 20:42 IST

State-run BSNL on Wednesday reduced charges for local calls to other fixed line networks like Bharti and Reliance by a whopping 75 per cent by increasing the pulse rates from 45 seconds to 180 seconds, which corrects one of the major discrepancies in call tariffs.

This means earlier a subscriber was paying Rs 4.80 for a three minute local and intra-circle call from a BSNL fixed line phone to a Reliance or Bharti fixed phone, now this has been reduced to Rs 1.20 for a three-minute call.

The PSU also reduced intra-circle (within a circle) call charges to other networks by 25 per cent whereby it reduced the rates from Rs 1.60 a minute to Rs 1.20 a minute. For calls from BSNL fixed phones to other fixed networks over 50 kms, pulse rates were increased from 45 seconds to 60 seconds.

There is a 25 per cent reduction in intra circle calls from landline subscribers to other networks -- tariffs have been reduced from Rs 1.60 per minute to Rs 1.20 per minute. WLL service of BSNL has also been made cheaper and tariffs have been brought at par with the BSNL landline rates.

"The tariffs have been simplified making the tariff uniform for both on-net and off-net call. In an attempt to make tariffs simpler and to encourage greater traffic in the fixed line business, we have rationalized the pulse rate for fixed line customers," AK Sinha, CMD, BSNL said in New Delhi.

The disparity was earlier there due to per minute access deficit levy where a BSNL-to-BSNL local call was charged at Rs 1.20 for three minute while for other networks, it was Rs 4.80 a minute.

First Published: May 17, 2006 20:42 IST