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BSNL to slash national call charges to 10 paise per minute news
22 February 2010

State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is planning to introduce a 10 paise per minute plan and hopes to rope in new customers for its 3G services, telecom minister A Raja said.

"I have already made an assurance in the parliament in this regard. The new attractive tariff plan will come to effect in a month's time," Raja said during the launch of 3G services in Bangalore.

"Except for telecommunication, the prices for every other sector have gone up. Today, an average person can make a call throughout India in just 25 per minute, and we shall try to bring this down to 10 paise per minute in three months time, and that's when we launch another new feature of ours", said Raja.

BSNL is expecting to add 22 million cell phone subscribers and has already announced its foray into the mobile banking and advertising space.

BSNL currently has 8.5 lakh 3G mobile subscribers and expects it to go up to one million by next month-end.

BSNL, which has added 1.4 million mobile phone customers, expects revenues of Rs10,500 crore in the current financial year (2009-10).

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BSNL to slash national call charges to 10 paise per minute