Reliance adds 600,000 rural telephones

Thursday, 22 March 2007, 05:00 Hrs
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New Delhi: Telecom major Reliance Communications (RCOM) announced an addition of 600,000 rural telephone users for March under the government's universal services obligation (USO) fund programme.

The USO fund was set up by the government in 2003 for funding its rural connectivity programme.

"I am delighted to announce that Reliance Communications has rolled out telephone connections to 40,000 villages hitherto devoid of any phones," Sanjeev Govil, head of National Rural Marketing-RCOM, said in a statement.

"Our tariffs are made very attractive and affordable to benefit the rural people who have come to realise the necessity to stay connected with the rest of the world," Govil added.

The company, which has a customer base of 30 million, has brought various tariff packages to entice the rural users and increase the company's penetration in India's hinterland.

Charges for local calls will be 80 paise per three minutes for fixed line and WLL (wireless local loop) users and for mobile users 80 paise a minute, the statement said.
Source: IANS
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