It has also reduced intra-circle charges for calls made from BSNL fixed phones to other WLL phones by 25 per cent, by reducing the rates from Rs 1.60 a minute to Rs 1.20.

Our Bureau

New Delhi, May 17

In a move that is likely to boost usage of fixed line phones, BSNL today announced reduction in tariffs for local calls made from BSNL fixed phones to other fixed line networks such as Bharti and Reliance by 75 per cent by way of increasing the pulse rates from 45 seconds to 180 seconds.

The move addresses a major discrepancy in the call tariffs by putting calls to other fixed networks on par with BSNL's own fixed line network. The new rates would be effective from June 1.

For example, 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 private operator's fixed phone.

From June 1, BSNL subscribers would have to pay only Rs 1.20 for a three-minute call to such networks. "Differential tariffs based on network technology has been done away with in the changed ADC regime - from per minute basis to adjusted gross revenue basis," said BSNL.

Intra-circle charges

The company has also reduced intra-circle charges for calls made from BSNL fixed phones to other WLL phones by 25 per cent, by reducing the rates from Rs 1.60 a minute to Rs 1.20.

This has happened due to an increase in pulse rate from 45 seconds to 60 seconds for such calls.

For calls from BSNL fixed phones to other fixed networks over 50 km, pulse rates have been increased from 45 seconds to 60 seconds.

BSNL's WLL service has also become cheaper, with tariffs now on par with 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 rationalised the pulse rate for fixed line customers," said Mr A.K. Sinha, Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL.

Broadband scheme

The company has also announced a broadband connection scheme that allows subscribers to avail themselves of unlimited broadband connection of 256 kbps for a monthly charge of Rs 900.

Moreover, in a special gift for customers of post-paid plans (Plan 325, 525, and Plan One India) planning summer holiday tours within the country, BSNL has said that it will not charge any roaming tariff for incoming calls across the country.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated May 18, 2006)
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