Airtel reduces STD, roaming charges

April 28th, 2008 - 9:39 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile service operator, has reduced local, long-distance and roaming call charges effective from Wednesday. The telecom operator, which announced an investment of $3.5 billion for strengthening its infrastructure, slashed STD rates to Re.1.50 per minute from the earlier Rs.2.65 a minute for both home area and roaming.

In its roaming tariffs the company also reduced incoming call charges to Re.1 a minute from the current Re.1.75 and outgoing local calls to Re.1 a minute, the company announced here Monday.

“This initiative has been taken to encourage people to make more calls while roaming. This would also immensely benefit our rural customers,” said Manoj Kohli, president and CEO, Bharti Airtel.

Bharti Airtel, in which Southeast Asia’s leading telecom firm SingTel owns 30 percent stake, announced a robust 37 percent increase in its fourth quarter profit ending March 2008.

The company recorded 62 million customers by the end of last month.

Indian mobile phone firms added an unprecedented 10.2 million subscribers in March taking the total to 261 million.

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