Ncell Axiata Limited has revised International Call Distance (ILD) call rates to 19 countries effective from Friday (June 04). The new rates are in-line with the tariffs approved to other operators by the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA). On May 23, NTA approved call rates of Ncell for 19 countries (Italy, Malta, Germany, Tajikstan, Jordan, Thailand, Latvia, Lebanon, Slovenia, Maldives, Belgium, Estonia, Croatia, Finland, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Syrian Arab Republic, Lithuania and Cyprus) as per the decision of its Board dated May 14, 2021. This approval equalises Ncell’s call charges on par with the minimum rate already being charged by other operators in Nepal as per the approval of NTA.
With the new changes in tariff, it now costs Rs. 30 per minute for making call to 18 destinations of the list countries, while call rate to Maldives per minute has been set at Rs. 30.65 excluding applicable taxes. Earlier, the call charge for these countries were at the range of Rs. 4.99 to Rs. 15 per minute, depending upon the destinations. The revised rate for Maldives is still far lower than the rates currently being charged by other operators.
Ncell for the past five years has been witnessing substantial loss in ILD revenue as the retail rates were far below the costs associated with it, which has been increased by the partner operators in many countries since 2016. Similarly, the rates at which Ncell was extending ILD call service to customers in these destinations were six times lower compared to tariffs approved for other operators.
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