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| KDD to Cut Internat'l Call Rates to Compete with Rivals
December 14, 1998 (TOKYO) -- KDD Co., Ltd., Japan's largest international
telecom carrier, said it will reduce rates for international calls by
an average of 10.6 percent, including a cut of 48.6 percent for late
night calls to the United States, as of Dec. 21.
|A KDD official said that the lower rates will apply to 230 countries
and territories to which it offers international telephone services.
KDD's price cuts are intended to enable it to compete more effectively
with DDI Corp., which reduced its international call rates in October,
Japan Telecom Co., Ltd., which implemented a lower price system for
international calls on Dec. 1, and IDC Corp., which will charge lower
call rates on Dec. 15.
A comparison of the rates of the four international telecom firms shows
that they all charge 240 yen (US$2) for three minutes for a daytime
call to the United States.
Sources close to DDI said that for the company to compete with its three
rivals, DDI plans to further cut its prices or introduce a discount
service. Because many people make international calls at the end of
December and early January, they believe that DDI may implement new
measures within this year or early 1999.
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