Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), and Hutch yesterday announced
reduced tariffs for post-paid users.
expect a 35-40 per cent growth in our subscriber base
and about a 7 per cent increase in our revenue in 2004-2005,
compared with the previous financial year," VP Sinha,
chairman and managing director, BSNL, said.
of this 7 per cent growth, new subscribers would account
for 5 per cent, and the remaining 2 per cent would come
from value-added services, he added.
BSNL pre-paid mobile subscriber can now make a local call
to any cellular network at 90 paisa per minute, compared
with Rs 0.99 charged by Reliance, Rs 0.99 charged by Hutch
and Re 1 charged by AirTel. Likewise, an intra-circle
call from cellular to a fixed-line network has been priced
at Rs 1.20, compared with Rs 1.79 charged by Reliance
and Rs 2.25 charged by Hutch and AirTel.
call charges in these segments witnessed a reduction in
the range of 50-59 per cent.
has priced cell-to-cell STD calls at Rs 2.00, from the
earlier Rs 2.40. Cell to fixed-line long-distance calls
have been priced at Rs 2.40, irrespective of distance.
The call charges in this segment have been lowered by
33 per cent.
also reduced tariffs for its fixed-line subscribers by
33 per cent. They will pay less at Rs 2.40 a minute for
a long-distance call, as against Rs 3.60 earlier.
also announced rate cuts for its post-paid users for calls
made to any mobile to Rs 0.99 per minute and the long-distance
rate to any phone to Rs 2.25 per minute.
Nagpal, chief marketing officer, Hutch, said, "It
is difficult for subscribers to differentiate between
Hutch and non-Hutch numbers, especially with the allocation
of the new numbering series in all circles. To avoid confusion,
Hutch has introduced uniform rates for all mobile calls
within the same circle and all long-distance calls within
existing and new Hutch post-paid users on the Talk 150
plan (with a monthly rental of Rs 150 per month), can
subscribe to the new tariffs, at a monthly fee of Rs 25.
Hutch users who do not opt for this promotion, will pay
a lower rate of Rs 1.69 for all locals calls, compared
with the existing rate of Rs 1.99.