Australian telco Optus has slashed its international calling rates by up to 85% and reduced domestic tariffs in an effort to win business from the country’s dominant carrier Telstra. Calls to the ten most popular international destinations will cost from AUD0.09 (USD0.064) per minute if customers subscribe to Optus’ new 12-month Call Saver package. The countries included in the deal are the US, the UK, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, China, Singapore, Greece, Hong Kong and Italy. The price of national calls will also be cut to AUD0.09 per minute at weekends.
Optus has also cut its line rental charges by AUD4.00 to AUD25.95 a month; Telstra customers currently pay AUD26.95 a month. The telco, which is part-owned by Singapore Telecom, says it is doing well in the mobile and broadband markets and wants its fixed line operations to be equally as successful. Mobile telephony brings in more than half of Optus’ revenues.