REDUCTION in international call rates to a country depends on the agreement between the call operators involved, Qtel’s executive director (group communications) Adel al-Mutawa has said.
“The huge discount on calls we have provided to India as part of a summer promotion has become possible due to an agreement between us and the Indian service provider concerned. Extending the promotion to other countries depends on the nature of the agreements in place,” he told Gulf Times yesterday.
Asked why the discounted rates on international calls during off-peak hours were limited to India, al-Mutawa said, “The nature of our agreement with the Indian call operator allows us to do such a promotion. Call rates to a country depend on several factors and are based on bilateral agreements. That’s why the call rate to a particular country may not apply to another.”
Under the Qtel promotion valid until August 31 calls to India will be reduced by 65% between 7pm and 7am Saturday through Thursday and round-the-clock on Fridays.
Since Indians constituted about 30% of Qatar’s population, the benefits of the promotion would reach a significant number of people, he said.
Al-Mutawa said Qtel’s policy was to provide “best quality service at affordable rates” to its customers. Several promotions have been launched as part of this.
Al-Mutawa said hundreds of Qtel customers have been benefitting from a prepaid international calling card – Dawli, which offers “low rates”.
Dawli cards are available in three denominations - QR10, QR30 and QR50 and can be used from any Qtel landline or mobile phone. They can be purchased from any Qtel shop or authorised dealers.
The call rates begin at Dh50/minute to the GCC countries during off-peak hours (7pm to 7am), Saturday through Thursday and round-the-clock on Fridays.
Lower rates are available to many countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and America for Dawli users, he pointed out.
Al-Mutawa said Qtel would launch several “exciting promotions” in the coming months.
“We are now designing various products and services that suit our customers who are drawn from all over the world,” he added.
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