Monday, September 24, 2012

BSNL make video calls using a BSNL landline phone

State-run BSNL, in partnership with SIS Infosystems, on Thursday  launched telephones with video calling facility which will primarily be used to set up public Video Call Offices by replacing many of the PCOs.

“We will convert existing Public Call Offices (PCOs) to VCOs with these phones. People will be able to make voice calls to any phone and video calls to any other IP (internet based) phone,” said BSNL Chairman and Managing Director R K Upadhyay.

There will be no need to use computers for making video calls for user of these video phones,

BSNL’s Senior General Manager for Broadband, A K Jain said that around 770 PCOs have confirmed to shift their business to VCOs and the target is to have 10,000 VCOs set-up across the country. The service was inaugurated by Advisor to Prime Minister Sam Pitroda who stressed on the use of video phones to reach rural masses.

SIS officials said that people looking for franchisee will have to pay for VCO devices which starts from Rs 25,000 and will have to sign an agreement for the business.  An official said VCOs having medical devices attached to it for remote diagnosis of a patient will also be made available. Many other services will be launched shortly for which prices will differ.

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