In August 2008, LIRNEasia made a big push to eliminate the anomaly of intra-SAARC calls that were more expensive than calls to Singapore, UK, USA and other liberalized markets. This bore fruit in the form of para 6 of the SAARC Summit Declaration:
The Heads of State or Government observed that an effective and economical regional tele-communication regime is an essential factor of connectivity, encouraging the growth of people-centric partnerships. They stressed the need for the Member States to endeavour to move towards a uniformly applicable low tariff, for international direct dial calls within the region.
Just last week, Dialog, Sri Lanka’s largest operator dropped the call charge to India to LKR 10/minute. Earlier its lowest charges were LKR 11/minutes. So now, our closest neighbor, India, is also the cheapest to call to. No longer contrary to common sense.