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BSNL set to slash domestic roaming news
Our Corporate Bureau
31 May 2007

Mumbai: State-owned telecom major Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is likely to cut domestic mobile roaming charges to as low as Re 1 a minute for incoming calls and Rs 1.50 for outgoing calls.

Currently, BSNL charges roaming calls at Rs 1.75 per minute and a maximum of Rs 2.40 a minute for making calls.

Telecom minister A Raja had earlier said that the department of telecommunications was looking at the possibility of lowering domestic roaming charges, as planned by his predecessor Dayanidhi Maran.

The rates, however, are unlikely to fall below Re 1 a minute as there is a 65 paise carriage charge and 30 paise termination charge involved when a person receives an incoming call while roaming.

Meanwhile, BSNL's 45-million GSM network expansion plan is likely to be held up further over prices quoted by the two lowest bidders - Ericsson and Nokia.

"It is big contract spread over three years. We are still working on the APO (advanced purchase order) where we are looking at the selected bidders' quoted price. Once that is over, we will work out our own suitable price for the tender and ask them to provide the equipment at that price. If they don't agree, we will negotiate. Let that stage come, we are yet to do that when negotiations will take place", BSNL CMD AK Sinha said.

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