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|April 30, 1999||
International call rates cut effective from May 1The government and the Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited today announced 20 to 30 per cent reduction in tariff rates for international subscriber dialled calls.
The new rates, to be effective on an all-India basis from May 1, 1999, are in line with the recommendations and the tariff order of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
According to an official release, the new tariffs provide a long off-peak period of 13 hours. The off-peak hours for countries in Asia and Oceania start from 1900 hours and the off-peak rates remain valid till 0800 hours, giving an opportunity to call at low tariffs.
Off-peak hours for Europe are from 2200 hours to 1100 hours.
For countries in the American continent, there are two slabs for peak periods based on the time difference and calling pattern. The peak hours are 0600 hours and 1800-2400 hours while the off-peak hours are 1100 hours to 1800 hours and midnight (0000 hours) to 0600 hours.
The VSNL expects a significant growth in ISD traffic from India with the steep reduction in rates and convenient calling times, according to the release.
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