State-owned telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has decided to cut mobile call rates by up to 80% for new customers as part of its revamped services.

The slashed rates of both per-minute and per-second calls will be applicable for the first two months of buying the BSNL connection, including those who register for Mobile Number Portability (MNP).

"BSNL has revamped its infrastructure now. We have decided to cut mobile call rates by up to 80% for new customer so that they get experience of our revamped services," BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava told PTI.

The new scheme will be applicable only after buying the plan voucher of Rs 36 for the per-second plan and Rs 37 for the per-minute plan.

In the per-second plan of Rs 36, customers will be charged 1 paisa for every three-second duration on local and STD calls within the BSNL network and 2 paise for three seconds on other networks, PTI reported.

In the per-minute plan, BSNL will charge 10 paise per minute for making local and STD calls within the BSNL netwok and 30 paise per minute on other networks.

Between July to November, over 1.5 lakh people registered for MNP to change their mobile network to BSNL. With a customer base of 79.6 million, BSNL is among the top five telecom companies with the highest number of new customers.