From August, subscribers of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) in Mumbai and Delhi will have to pay an additional charge to call up a cellular phone number. The New Telecom Policy (NTP) which came into force on 1 May, has instituted a "calling party pays principle", reports the Economic Times. As per this principle, MTNL will be billed on the basis of airtime used to place a call to a cellular phone number. MTNL officials say the tariff is still to be finalised but is likely to be based on actual airtime rates charged by the cellular phone operators in Mumbai and Delhi. Indications are that MTNL will charge Rs. 3 per call made to a mobile phone as against Rs. 1.10 to a land line.
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