Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited in partnership with public sector company ITI and Click Telecom has inaugurated the launch of video telephony service in south and east zone in the country. The company has already started this service in north and west zones, but is currently used by only state governments and public sector organizations in the related zones.
Inaugurating the service, Telecom minister Kapil Sibal said:
Broadband business through this (video telephony) service will get them (BSNL) a lot of money. Its a good business model to improve health of the organisation. From business point of view, it is very significant step. From consumers point, it is an important step and from the government it will bring lot of efficiency.
The subscribers of the service will be charged 2.5 for a 60 seconds call. Customer can also avail unlimited calling facility for the service by paying 2,200 for 30 days. Apart from this, the service includes two more plans costing 750 and 350 for a limited period of 30 days each. These plans allow subscribers to make 900 and 150 minutes calls free respectively and thereafter they will be charged Rs. 2.5 for each 60 second call.
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At the launch, BSNL CMD R.K.Upadhyay said :
With the launch of Video Telephony, organisations can have instant face-to-face meetings, sales reviews, training sessions at 25 percent of the current cost. These are initial plans and rates in future will depend on the response that company gets from the market.