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Oct 07, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s wireless access provider Lanka Bell said it has reduced call rates to India. The company pays them 50 cents for every minute of incoming IDD calls regardless of the duration, country of origin or the number of calls received for a day.

Lanka Bell is the largest CDMA ˜fixed line’ provider in the country with 1.2 million subscribers.

Sri Lanka’s fixed and mobile telecom operators have slashed charges in recent years in a price war brought on by increased competition. Lanka Bell said in a statement the new call rates to India enable subscribers to make phone calls to the island’s closest neighbour for 4.80 rupees a minute excluding taxes.

This works out to eight cents a second, and with billing on a per second basis, users will only be billed for the time that they talk, the company said.

The rate is applicable to calls made to fixed and mobile numbers in India.

The service is offered through Lanka Bell’s ˜Dial 15’ service and allows subscribers to make calls without using IDD (International Direct Dial) calling cards, the company said.