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Telecom Egypt introduces “fairer” phone bills

Egyptian Ministry of Information and Communication Technology claim new tariff system will be “more balanced.”

Egypt’s national operator Telecom Egypt has introduced a new tariff structure for fixed line telephone calls placed from private residences and commercial offices. The changes are the first revision to telephone tariffs since 1988. The new system will record all calls placed within a governorate, regardless of distance, as local calls. It also introduces a simplified tariff structure for long-distance billing.

The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology said that the decision was made because there was a "dire need to formulate a more balanced structure for tariffs of the fixed lines billing system to ensure more equity and fairness between and within governorates."

Under the new system customers will be billed quarterly, with the monthly subscription fee currently set at five Egyptian pounds for residential phones and ten Egyptian pounds for commercial phones. Telecom Egypt worked out the new tariff structure in an effort to ensure the same phone charges are collected throughout the country.

The new rate structure will appear on July phone bills. Under it, two piasters a minute will be charged for local calls, while for long-distance calls under 60 kilometres the rates are ten piasters from eight am to eight pm and eight piasters from nine pm to seven am.

For long-distance calls over 60 kilometres the charge will be twenty piasters from eight am to eight pm and sixteen piasters from nine pm to seven am.

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