State-run BSNL on Thursday announced a festive bonanza for its over 1.16 crore (11.6 million) subscribers by reducing fixed line tariffs, enabling them to make STD calls across the country at just Re one a minute, along with reduced rentals and other benefits.
BSNL has brought all its subscribers, paying a monthly rental of Rs 180 or more, under the ambit of One-India tariff plan, through they will be able to make local call at rupee one for three minutes and STD call at rupee one per minute.
The new tariffs would come into effect from November one, BSNL CMD A K Sinha told reporters. “We hope this tariff plan will arrest the tendency to surrender the fixed line phones,” he said.
BSNL has also doubled free calls to 50 a month from 25. As per BSNL’s existing one-India tariff plan, subscribers were paying a monthly rental of Rs 225, which has now been reduced to Rs 180.
The intra-circle (within state) STD call rates has been made 16 per cent cheaper by reducing the rates to Re 1 per minute from current Rs 1.20 per minute, he said, while inter-circle (from one state to another) STD call rates would be about 58 per cent less with new rates.
The company also increased the local call PCO pulse duration to 60 second from the present 45 seconds for the call rate of Re one per minute.
BSNL has about 3.5 crore (35 million) fixed line subscribers, he said, adding those who currently do not come under the Rs 180 rental but spend about Rs 300-400 per month on mobile, would also like to shift to the new one-India plan.
Fantastic stuff, hope MTNL does the same thing soon. Also looking forward to and hoping for a cut in ADSL rental by MTNL.