(Last Updated On: October 20, 2014)

Soon after MTS launched its cheap calling pack for Nepal, the state-run telecom operator- BSNL has also launched a STV for making outgoing calls to Nepal a reality.

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BSNL was previously charging outgoing Nepal calls @ Rs. 10/min and with the STV18 the call rate will come down to Rs. 6.5/min.

BSNL has slashed charges for outgoing calls to Nepal by 35%.

This issue of expensive calls to Nepal was raised soon after PM Narendra Modi visited Nepal in August. The PMO sent a letter to DoT do discuss this issue and scheduled meetings with the telecom companies. The telecom operators complained that Nepal charges very high termination charges for incoming ISD calls whereas Indian telcos charge only 40 paise.

Other SAARC nations also charge very high termination charges for incoming ISD calls.  BSNL had a meeting with DoT in the recent past for discussing the concerns raised by PMO’s letter. BSNL then launched this STV pack costing Rs. 18 for making cheap calls to Nepal. The STV had been effective since October 15.

Anupam Srivastava, BSNL Director of Consumer Mobility, also confirmed that BSNL will launch cheap ISD calling packs to another SAARC countries in the near future.


Outgoing ISD Call Rates to Nepal From Other Telecom Operators

With this STV pack, BSNL subscribers can call their friends and closed ones in Nepal @ Rs. 6.5/min. MTS is also offering similar calling rates to Nepal @ 11p/sec via its STV26.

Aircel also offers cheap ISD calls to Nepal @ 12/sec via ISD calling pack of Rs. 23. Airtel users can call Nepal @ Rs. 12/min without subscribing to any pack. Vodafone Mumbai users can call Nepal @ 15/sec with the Rs. 110 world calling card.

Idea Cellular Delhi offers the cheapest calls to Nepal at the moment @ Rs. 5.99/min. For subsribing to this pack, the users just have to dial *786# and recharge their number with Rs. 1 pack.


This BSNL STV will certainly make calls to Nepal a bit cheaper and more affordable for the average Indian. There is no concerete news about the upcoming ISD STVs for SAARC nations from BSNL, but we believe that they’ll also make ISD calls cheaper like this voucher did. What does 35% reduction in ISD calls to Nepal mean to you? Would you now come back to traditional phone calls from VoIP?