Mumbai: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), the country's largest telecom provider, has announced reduction of up to 50 per cent in STD charges of cellular services. State-run BSNL also halved the call charges of landline services from 11 June.
Under the landline services, STD rates will now be Rs1.20 per minute against Rs2.40 earlier to all networks under the general and "sulabh" plans.
"The intra-circle call charges, to BSNL network and inter circle (STD) call charges to all the networks has also been reduced by 50 per cent," BSNL CMD Kuldeep Goyal said.
BSNL also revised roaming charges under prepaid and postpaid services.
Earlier, state-owned telecom service provider MTNL and private telecom operators like Airtel and Vodafone, including others, had brought down their STD and roaming charges.
Starting Wednesday, all local calls from BSNL post-paid mobile network will cost Re1 per minute, coming down from Rs1.20 earlier, while STD calls will be charged at a flat Rs1.20 within the BSNL network and Rs1.40 for calls to any other service provider.
The corresponding tariff for the telco's rural consumer will be 80 paise a minute.
''BSNL will now have the cheapest STD rates in the country, as low as 80 paise (two cents) per minute,'' Goyal said, adding, ''BSNL was the first company to make breakthroughs in rural India. We will continue to provide cheap call rates for the rural market.''
The company is also offering its customers a choice of two BSNL numbers to make local and STD calls at 20 paise and 60 paise per minute, respectively, he said.
The revised roaming rates put BSNL at par with other telcos, offering all outgoing local and incoming calls for Re1 and outgoing STD and SMS at Rs1.50 and 50 paise, respectively.