BSNL, India’s largest communication service provider in association with SIS Infosystems, has launched a innovative and first-of-its-kind telephone equipped with video calling facility which can be used to convert conventional Public Calling Offices (PCOs) in to VCOs (Video Calling Offices). Since BSNL’s most of the revenue comes from landline phones, this service has been considered as an important initiative to enhance and increase the company’s revenue. It should also be noted that, at the starting of this year, BSNL has also launched a tablet named BSNL-Penta T-Pad in order to retain its customers.
Commenting on the product, BSNL Chairman and Managing Director R K Upadhyay said :
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. There will be absolutely no need to use computers for making video calls for user of these video phones.
After inaugurating the service, Sam Pitroda, the Advisor to Prime Minister said :
It will bridge the gap between urban and rural India. This will be a platform for growth as this network can be used for purposes like job interview, tele-medicine, tele-education and host of other services.
As far as the subscription charge is concerned, BSNL will charge 3 for 45 second video call made from VCO which will include 30 per cent commission for the franchise owner. Many other services will be launched shortly for which prices will differ.