Local telecom operator CTM announced on Thursday that it will lower its IDD (international direct dialling) tariffs effective from December 8 and that the average rate of reduction will be up to 45 percent.
The company held a press conference about its new IDD tariff scheme at its headquarters in Taipa.
According to the Macau Post Daily, following the “comprehensive” tariff reduction on the IDD service in 2013, the company said it was “once again” introducing a tariff reduction scheme, adding it expected the new tariffs to benefit residents to enjoy a “high quality” of IDD service at a more “affordable” price.
According to the company, under the new scheme, IDD countries and regions are divided into five different price zones, namely one pataca, two patacas, three patacas, five patacas and nine patacas per minute. Most of the popular IDD destinations such as the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as foreign countries such as Australia, Canada, Portugal, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States, are categorised into one pataca or two patacas zones, the company said.
Anyone who has registered to use 050 for IDD calls to the one-pataca and two-pataca zones, the rates will be lowered to between 70 avos and 1 pataca 40 avos.
The company also said that most of the Portuguese-speaking countries and most of the countries along the Belt and Road (B&R) Initiative are grouped into zones charging under five patacas per minute.