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BSNL to make calls in NE ‘local’
Published on 26 Aug. 2009 12:25 AM IST
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Come September 1, anybody in the North East can call anywhere in the region at local rate. Acceding to a longstanding demand, the BSNL authorities have brought the entire NE into ‘local,’ removing the STD barriers between the smaller states. For administrative reasons, the North East was divided into two telecom circles - one in Assam Telecom Circle covering entire Assam -- and other is North Eastern telecom circle covering the remaining region. When mobile phone service arrived in the region there were three Licensed Service Areas (LSA) - one is Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur, the second in Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura and the third in Assam. Earlier, a person calling from Guwahati to Byrnihat area of Meghalaya, a distance of 30 km, had to use STD while someone from Byrnihat could call Ukhrul in Manipur and Walong in Arunachal Pradesh as local telephone call. According to UNI report, the BSNL asked Himalaya Parivar to take up the matter with the Department of Telecommunication. The DOT on August 12 issued an order making the amendment and brought all the three LSAs under one billing zone removing all barriers. According to the new order, outgoing calls\SMS and data charges while roaming will be charged as per home LSA tariff. Incoming calls while roaming will be free. The order specifically said calls and SMS charges between two LSAs will be treated.

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