Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - Bangladesh Telecom

GrameenPhone cuts tariff up to 60 percent

GrameenPhone, The largest mobile operator in Bangladesh, reduced its call charge ranging between 20 and 60 per cent effective from Thursday(06/10).
GrameenPhone managing director Erik Aas at a briefing on Tuesday announced the tariff reduction on GP all services.
The highest prepaid tariff has been reduced from Tk 6 a minute to Tk 4.4 for calls within GP numbers, and to Tk 4.8 a minute for calls outside the operator.
A number of features such as My Time, My Easy and My Choice remain with the lower tariffs.
'There is no GP tariff at Tk 6 a minute any more. The highest tariff is now Tk 4.8,' said Aas at the briefing at the Sonargaon Hotel.
'With the new tariffs coupled with wide, quality network and good after-sales services, GrameenPhone has once again reinforced its market leadership,' he said.
The tariff for Djuice, especially designed for the young people, has also been reduced to a flat rate of Tk 4.65 a minute for calls to any mobile numbers.
Djuice subscribers will also enjoy the U&I feature, with Tk 1 per pulse, and the current promotion of extended off-peak hour between 10:00pm and 6:00am at a reduced rate of Tk 0.66 per pulse.
In the post-paid segment, there will be no charge on calls coming from landline for the first five minutes; such calls will be charge Tk 1 for subsequent minutes.
The GP National tariff for calls to any other mobile numbers has been reduced to Tk 4 during peak and Tk 3 during off-peak hours.
GP Regular and National subscribers will pay Tk 1 per pulse during super off-peak hours between 11:00pm and 8:00am for calls to any other mobile numbers, amounting to a reduction of up to 60 per cent on the tariff.
GrameenPhone has also reduced its bundled product tariffs to a flat Tk 3 a minute for Any Time 500 and Tk 2.5 a minute for Any Time 1600 for calls to any other mobile numbers.
The charge for SMS, or text, both in prepaid and post-paid segments, has been reduced to Tk 1.5.
Post-paid GP Regular and GP National subscribers will be able to send SMS to Friends and Family numbers for Tk 1.
Aas said GrameenPhone would earn Tk 70 crore less per month from its existing revenue because of the reduction on tariff.
He said the operator would cover around 85 per cent of the population area by year-end. GrameenPhone now has more than 40 lakh subscribers.


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