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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.

    Related stories:
    IDC Cuts International Calling Rates; Competition Intensifies
    Japan Telecom to Slash Phone Call Prices to U.S.

    (Nikkei Communications)

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    Updated: Sun Dec 13 01:51:03 1998 PDT