BSNL Cuts ILD Tariffs For SE Asia

New Delhi, Nov 7: | Updated: Nov 8 2003, 05:30am hrs
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has announced reduced ILD tariffs for some more countries. Tariffs for calls to Southeast Asian countries of Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand are down to Rs 12 per minute from earlier rates of Rs 21. The reduced tariffs, which will be applicable from November 14, are valid up to January 15. This was announced by BSNL chairman and managing director Prithipal Singh here on Friday.

The corporation has also extended its earlier announced promotional ILD tariffs for the US, Europe and Canada up to January 15. Earlier, these were applicable till November 21. We are able to offer these tariffs with support from Videsh Sanchar Nigam, he said, while refusing to divulge more details about the extent of reduced tariffs that VSNL is offering BSNL has also started offering SMS on its fixed-line network in Kolkata and Bangalore.

The messages can be sent to other SMS-enabled fixed-line phones and BSNLs cellular network, CellOne mobile phones free-of-cost. However, to avail of the service, customers have to buy SMS-enabled phones for around Rs 1,600-1,800. Currently, these phones are supplied by Bharti. Incidentally, Bharti also offers the facility in its basic network in the Capital.

To boost Internet usage, the telecom major has also announced that its fixed-line users located in those areas where exchange size is below 1 lakh will now be able to take an additional phone for a flat monthly rental of Rs 399. Customers can use dial-up Internet for unlimited time without paying call charges. The phone can be used only for Internet connection. For those BSNL customers who are located in the exchange size of over 1 lakh will pay Rs 250 as rental, the connection is available for Rs 499 per month.