Kazakhstan moves to per-second billing for international phone calls
Jan 22. Trend. Astana
By Daniyar Mukhtarov
The size of the unit of billing for international telephone calls has dropped from 10 seconds to one second in Kazakhstan as from Jan.1, 2014, according to the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
This measure has been taken in accordance with an order of the country’s Minister of Transport and Communications, according to the ministry.
“This measure made it possible for Kazakhstan to fully move to the per-second billing for all consumers of communications services in all directions. The expected saving of costs for subscribers will be 10-17 percent on average,” the ministry said.
At the initiative of Kazakh Ministry of Transport and Communications, the size of billing unit for calls from urban rural phones to long-distance numbers and numbers of mobile operator subscribers was dropped from 10 seconds to one second from July 1, 2012. The billing unit for calls from urban and mobile phones to the network of operators both local and abroad was decreased from 30 seconds to 10 seconds.
The first decrease of billing units was initiated by the country’s Communications and Information Ministry in 2011. The billing unit for calls within the network and to the network of other operators for subscribers of mobile communication was determined to be one second. The connection fee when calling from a cell phone to other operators was also lifted.