BSNL Merges UP, Uttaranchal Circles

Posted on: May 25th, 2005

New Delhi, May 25 (UNI)

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., (BSNL) has merged Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal into a single service area enabling subscribers in the region to talk on the phone at local charges.

There will be no STD charges for calls within these two States, BSNL said.

The move comes close on the heels of the merger of Uttar Pradesh east and west circles into a single service area to place all calls within the State on a local call footing.

“All calls within UP and those between UP and Uttaranchal will now be treated as local calls. The STD-barred telephone subscribers within the three service areas can also access this facility by using the ’95’ group dialling facility,” BSNL stated.

Mobile to mobile, landline to mobile and landline to landline calls within these service areas will be treated as intra-circle calls from May 25, and will be accessible to all customers including the STD-barred customers without dialing ‘0’.

But the move to make calls within certain states cheaper than previously would prove counter-productive for BSNL itself.

The exact revenue loss would take 15 days to ascertain, BSNL CMD, Anil Kumar Sinha, said.

BSNL’s loss comes in the form of access deficit charge (ADC) loss paid by operators to the PSU apart from loss in STD traffic.

Sinha said the decision would have an adverse impact on the PSU, but hoped that the loss would be compensated through an increase in volumes.

Last week, the government had announced that calls between Chennai and rest of the Tamil Nadu and likewise between Mumbai and Maharashtra, Kolkata and West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh East and West would be treated as local calls saving roaming and long distance call charges.

Till now the three metros – Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai – and their rest of the states of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Maharashtra respectively were treated as two separate telecom circles.

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