BSNL the state owned telecom operator has reduced its call rates to Nepal by 35% after the issue raised by the Prime Minister’s Office in front of the Department of Telecom. The telco has introduced special tariff voucher of Rs 18 which will enable the users to call Nepal at Rs. 6.50 per minute against a normal rate of Rs. 10 per minute. However, telecom operators like Airtel and Vodafone charge Rs 12 per minute for the calls made to Nepal. On being asked about the high call rates the operators stated that, Nepal charges very high termination rates for their calls which result in high rates.
As reported by PTI, BSNL said, “With Rs. 6.50 call, the company is making a profit of just Rs. 0.50 on each call as the rest goes into paying taxes, termination charges, and spectrum fees and so on.” The matter of high call rates came into light during the visit of PM Narendra Modi to Nepal. The PMO then wrote a letter to DoT to discuss the issue with telecom operators. The DoT has already held a meeting with telcos. Another meeting is scheduled to take place in a few weeks.
Anupam Shrivastava BSNL Director (consumer mobility) said, “We had a meeting in DoT recently on PMO’s letter regarding the call rates to Nepal and after that we have launched this STV which is effective since October 15. The company plans to launch such STVs for other SAARC countries also in near future.”