BSNL to slash STD call rates to Re 1  

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NEW DELHI: State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is planning to cut

the STD rates from Rs. 2.40 per minute to Re 1, to woo its subscribers during

this festival season. 


BSNL sources said that the operator is planning to slash the STD rates up to

60 per cent of the prevailing tariffs. 

According to industry experts, the optimistic dream of targeting a major

chunk of subscribers through its OneIndia scheme failed to bring laurels for the

telecom operator with around 1.14 per cent of its total subscribers opting for

the scheme, made the operator to introduce a new business proposal by cutting

down the STD call rates. BSNL total subscriber base is 3.5 crore. 

BSNL source admitted that the proposal to reduce the STD charges is an

extension of the OneIndia scheme which failed to meet its targets. 


“The higher rental under the OneIndia scheme failed to attract subscribers.

Under a general scheme a subscriber is required to pay a monthly rental of Rs

180 compared to Rs 225 for the OneIndia scheme, which had hit this scheme,”

the source said. 

The board is planning to offer this one rupee per minute scheme for its

general subscribers. However, the operator is yet to finalise the structure of

the scheme to offer this rates for calls made within the BSNL network or on

general. The scheme is likely to be announced within this month. 

BSNL accounts for over 90 per cent of fixed line subscriber base in the

circles it operates.