Lietuvos Telekomas changes tariffs

  • 2001-02-15
  • BNS
VILNIUS - Lietuvos Telekomas planned to start charging for all fixed-line telephone calls and calls from its fixed-line network to mobile on a per-second basis from July 1 this year, the company said in a press release Feb. 8.

Starting in July a fixed connection fee of 0.17 litas ($0.04) will be introduced, and tariffs for local and long-distance calls within Lithuania will be reduced.

Rates for local calls will be decreased by 25 percent to 9 Lithuanian centas during peak hours, by 12.5 percent to 7 centas during off-peak hours, and will remain 4 centas from midnight till 6 a.m., the press release says.

The cost of long-distance calls will be reduced by 5.4 percent to 35 centas during peak hours, by 4 percent to 24 centas during off-peak hours and remain 12 centas at night.

Starting at the beginning of 2002, the subscription fee for residents will be increased from 17 litas to 20 litas and will be reduced from 30 litas to 20 litas for business clients.

Tapio Paarma, director general of Lietuvos Telekomas, said in a news conference Feb. 8 that the company intended to gradually start sending out bills to the companyÕs clients starting July 1. However, this system would be implemented step by step and completed in January 2002 at the latest.

Rules for providing fixed-line telephone services, which came into force on Feb. 7, obligate Lietuvos Telekoms to start sending bills to the subscribers now for the services provided last month free of charge, and begin charging for telephone calls on a per-second basis from May 1.

Paarma said that these requirements were impossible to satisfy before July 1 due to technical difficulties.

Vytautas Plunksnis, a financial analyst at the brokerage firm Jusu Tarpininkas, told the Baltic News Service that the connection fee would be beneficial to Lietuvos Telekomas. Though calls had become cheaper, the first minutes of the conversation would cost more than they do today.

ÒI think Lietuvos Telekomas implements no changes which could reduce its income,Ó Plunksnis said.