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BSNL to provide landline phones with video calling, PCO changes to VCO

New Delhi, Sep 22 (): Bharat Sanchar Nigam limited (BSNL) has planned to introduce video calling facilities for landline users in collaboration with SIS Info systems.

This latest plan of BSNL will change several Public Call Offices (PCO) into new Video Call Offices (VCO).

BSNL Chairman and MD, RK Upadhay detailed about this new upgradation service of the company. The main aim of this upgrade service is that it would boost the revenue for the company. Also, by introducing the video calling services on the landline phones services the requirement of computers is nullified. He added people can make voice calls to any phone and to any other IP phone (internet based).

The charge for a 45 second long video call from VCO is Rs.3. The charges also include 30 per cent share for franchise owner.

SIS officials said people who like to have franchise have to pay for VCO devices, which starts from Rs. 25,000. BSNL is providing various classifications of VCO franchisees which are based on particular services a franchisee owner likes to avail of.

Few VCOs will have medical instruments for the remote diagnosis of the patients, while many more services are under process for near future.

The VCO operator has the liberty to charge enabling expenses based on the market dynamics, which should not exceed Rs. 10 per call for outgoing or incoming calls. Besides, all calls from VCOs will be charged as Video Calls. It is notable that ISD call will not be offered on the VCO connections.

BSNL now has plans of changing 770 PCOs into VCOs and in future it aims to bring 10,000 VCOs across the country. This new service will cause an enormous change, as anyone can make a video call easily.

Most of BSNL’s revenue comes through landline phones and VCOs can increase the company’s revenue still more.