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Feb 06, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka telco Lanka Bell has slashed international tariffs to India to 7.00 rupees from the earlier 12.00 a minute for fixed phones and 25.0 rupees for mobiles, the company said. “With this new rate Lanka Bell becomes the Sri Lankan telecommunication company that offers the lowest call charges to India,” said Lanka Bell managing director Prasad Samarasinghe.

Due to high termination rates, tariffs to some South Asian destinations such as India have been higher than countries further away such as USA, which has a more liberalized telecom environment.

Before the latest reduction, the Lanka Bell VIZA call rate to USA was 8.00 rupees a minute, against 12.00 rupees to India. Calls to Indian mobile phones from Sri Lanka cost 25.0 rupees a minute, before the reduction.

The new rate also applies to fixed phones in Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and USA.

The rates are available on Lanka Bell’s VIZA branded international pre-paid cards or by dialing the prefix ’15’ on their standard phones, the company said.

Last year Lanka Bell started paying subscribers 50 cents a minute for foreign calls they receive.

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