Under the new offer, all Airtel prepaid and postpaid outbound customers can now enjoy the lowest roaming rates for just Rs. 20 per minute on voice calls. For data services, 15 MB of data will cost just US$ 5 per day, which is also the lowest rates offered by any operator in the country. Incoming calls while on roaming in India and Bangladesh will continue to cost a mere Rs. 2 per minute.
The new rates will apply to all Middle Eastern countries as well as the Maldives, Switzerland, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, France, UK, Italy, USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, Thailand among others. This is expected to bring about significant benefits to Sri Lankan customers as several of these countries are the most travelled destinations.
Meanwhile, an AP report said parent Bharti Airtel’s quarterly profit fell 37 percent on rising costs in India’s hypercompetitive telecom market. India’s largest wireless operator says net income for the April-June quarter was 7.62 billion rupees ($141 million), down from 12.2 billion rupees ($272 million) a year earlier. Revenues for the quarter were 193.5 billion rupees ($3.6 billion), up 14 percent from 169.7 billion rupees a year ago.
It has 261 million customers in 17 countries.