Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - Bangladesh Telecom

New AKTEL package launched

AKTel, the second largest cellphone operator in Bangladesh, on Tuesday launched a new prepaid product, AKTel Exceed, with a new tariff plan to be available from today.

The tariff plan is available in two packages. Mobile Standard, with full standard landline connectivity, will cost Tk 1,550 and Mobile Link, a mobile to mobile plan, will cost Tk 550.

During peak hours, between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm, AKTel Exceed customers will need to pay Tk 1.9 a minute for calls to other AKTel numbers and Tk 2.4 a minute for calls to the numbers of other operators. But in all the cases, there is a connection fee of Tk 2.4 a call in addition to the minute-counted charge.

'We recognise that high tariff has always been a barrier for Bangladeshi mobile users, and with the launch of this product, AKTel is once again getting clearly ahead of other operators,' said Asif Iqbal, head of marketing of AKTel at a news briefing at the Sheraton Hotel.

'The tariff plan targets high- end users who want to speak longer within budget, as it will provide them significantly more talk time at the same cost,' Asif said.

The Exceed tariff plan is built into a new product package, especially marked with the AKTel Exceed logo that will be available on the market from today at authorised outlets and customer care centres. The new offer will continue till February 28, 2006.

The existing users of prepaid plan can also migrate to the Exceed tariff plan by texting ‘exceed’ to 8MIG (8644), with a service charge of Tk 100.

AKTel chief executive officer Vijay Watson said the new product was ‘exciting’ and would help to increase customer base of the operator, now at more than 22 lakh.

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