Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Raja again hints at 10 paise/minute local call

Communications and IT Minister A Raja today again hinted at the possibility of mobile telephone tariff falling to ten paise a minute for local call and 25 paise a minute for national long distance, notwithstanding the contrary opinion of private telecom players in the market.

He underlined this possibility during an interaction with the industry leaders here.

When Mr Raja first indicated such a low tariff, the industry had said it was not feasible.

Meanwhile, the Minister said the government has decided to set up a task force of experts from information technology and telecommication to assess cost effectiveness of telecom devices and services to make India a leading hardware and software manufacturing hub in the world.

He said the task force comprising of government officials and experts from Assocham and Nasscom will assist his ministry in making future projections of India's IT and software potential. It would also suggest the government to how India could become self reliant in IT and telecom hardware and eventually taken on Chinese supremacy.

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