State-run telecom firm Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has launched third-generation (3G) mobile phone services in 11 cities as it expands services to other areas in the country.
BSNL also announced a reduction in local call charges from 1 March to 33 paise a minute and STD rates to 50 paise a minute to all landline/WLL subscribers.
BSNL, currently the No 4 mobile operator in the country, said in a statement that it had invested Rs2,700 crore on rolling out 3G infrastructure and would cover all district headquarters and important commercial towns.
Third-generation services give subscribers access to internet, games and a host of multimedia content from maps to music on their cellphones.
BSNL provides telecoms services across the country except in the major cities of New Delhi and Mumbai, which are covered by another state-run firm Mahanagar Telephone Nigam.
"BSNL has revised the landline/WLL tariff under all plans effective from March 1," minister of state for communications and information technology Jyotiraditya Scindia said in the Rajya Sabha yesterday.
BSNL is also launching a pre-paid mobile service called 'India Golden 50' which will bring in STD rates to 50 paise a minute.
Besides, BSNL would provide STD facility (zero dialing) with dynamic locking system to all customers by default with whom 95 facility is available except in those cases where customer expresses his unwillingness (in writing) to take '0' facility.
STD facility will be provided to the existing customers without taking any additional security deposit.
For new customers, security deposit will be Rs500 for local plus STD facility.
The revised tariff is also applicable for "BSNL One India "/Alternate Plans and Trunk calls, the release said, adding it will not be applicable for PCOs.
All other terms and conditions and security deposit for ISD facility will remain same.