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Reduced phone tariffs start on April 1

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The nation’s mobile phone users will save about NT$3.6 billion on phone bills each year after the new telecoms rate policy is implemented next Thursday.

The National Communications Commission (NCC) announced a new rate policy in January, requiring all telecoms carriers to reduce charges for both fixed network and mobile phone services.

Specifically, rates for fixed network service will drop by 5.868 percent. Rates for both second-generation (2G) and third generation (3G) mobile phone services will also drop by 5.87 percent.

ADJUSTED RATES

Despite opposition to the new policy, the nation’s five telecoms carriers all submitted their adjusted rates for the services they offer before the deadline. They had all adjusted the rates based on the percentages stipulated by the commission.

The commission estimates that 2.5 million users of the asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) services around the nation are going to benefit as well, saving NT$520 million each year.

Those subscribing to long-­distance call services will also save up to NT$600 million a year, the commission estimates.

“This shows that the telecoms carriers pay attention to consumers’ interests and the competitiveness of the nation’s telecoms industry,” NCC spokesperson Chen Jeng-chang (陳正倉) said.

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