BSNL – SIS launch landline video telephony in Himachal

Shimla: To improve the experience of basic telephone services, public sector landline phone service provide Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) in collaboration with Sai Info Systems (SIS) have launched video telephony service in Himachal Pradesh.

Speaking at the launch, Rakesh Kapur, BSNL chief general manager Himachal said the service will not only enhance the experience of using the landline service but would provide quality video and voice service at an affordable price.

Himachal has become the 9th state in the country where the value added service Voice and Video over Broadband (VVoBB) has been launched under the Private Public Partnership (PPP) mode, he said.

Speaking about the tie-up with BSNL, Rajeev Gupta, vice-president SIS, the VVoBB proves very helpful in desk to desk communications within larger organizations, conducting video conferences calls which are much cheaper than teleconferences, generating tele-medicine business, for meeting educational needs and several other applications.

He said that in north and western India, SIS is the business partner of BSNL and would be making an capital investment of Rs 40 crore to roll out the service.

In three years we target a subscriber base of 1 million, said Gupta.

Relying on the large landline network of BSNL, the VVoBB service would be the largest such service by one company in the world, he claimed.

However the service can only be availed by broadband connection subscribers and the price tags for the video telephone sets starting out from Rs 14,900 do go upto Rs 34,900/- which is pretty stiff for starters.

To overcome the high set prices, the company is also supply them on a monthly rent basis.

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As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik has nurtured Hill Post for over a decade. A chequered path had him drift from managing family owned apple orchards, to turning a documentary filmmaker, to a journalist - with India’s leading television networks and newspapers, to boot strapping in founding Start-Ups. He lives in Shimla.

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