The Ministry of Transportation, Post, and Telecommunications has lowered the prices for direct international calls from Slovakia. Effective October 1, the new rates will reflect the European norm for prices at peak hours during the day (7 a.m. - 7 p.m.) and a reduced rate during off-peak hours at night (7 p.m. - 7 a.m.).
Prices were lowered for calls to all countries except the Czech Republic. Prior to rate changes, prices in Slovakia were 50 percent higher than in neighboring countries. Slovak Telecom (ST) reduced the rates to border countries 33.3 percent. Calls to Europe were lowered 16.75 percent, and to the U.S.A and Canada by 11 percent.
Prices to the Czech Republic rose 87.5 percent during peak hours and 50 percent at other times to draw the rates closer to other European countries. Prices in basic telecommunications services will be liberalized in the EU in 1998, and in Slovakia by 2002 at the earliest.
Compiled from Symsite
9. Oct 1996 at 0:00