Mobile telephony tariffs in Peru will drop by 36 to 53 percent, according to Peru’s minister of transport and communications Enrique Cornejo. The price reduction will come into force on 4 September, with the implementation of the Mobile Virtual Area, which eliminates national long-distance codes. According to Cornejo, mobile tariffs will drop by PEN 0.50, from the current PEN 1.50 per minute to PEN 1 per minute. The so-called Mobile Virtual Area will allow users to make calls to mobile numbers directly from a fixed, mobile or public payphone, marking the nine digits of the destination number without introducing the code of the city where this is located.