Acceding to a longstanding demand of the region, BSNL has decided to lift the STD barriers among the NE states. An order to the effect was passed on August 12 and it would become operational from September one, BSNL officials said in Shillong.
Department of Telecommunications (DoT), amending the earlier provision of three Licensed Service Areas (LSA) for NE, has created a single billing zone for the region for BSNL.
According to the new order, outgoing calls, SMSs and data charges while roaming will be charged as per home LSA tariff. Incoming calls while roaming will be free.
For administrative reasons, NE was divided into two telecom circles Assam, covering the state of Assam only, and North East, for the remaining NE states.
For mobile telephone service provider, there are three LSAs one for Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur, the second for Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram and the third for Assam.
Various organisations had been demanding the removal of the unique rules applicable for the region, with an NGO Himalaya Parivar being the latest to take up the issue with the DoT.