BSNL launches Voice & Video Telephony (VVOIP) in India

BSNL today launched it’s Voice and Video Telephony service –  VVOIP in India. IP to IP voice calls within India will cost 40 paise per minute and IP to IP video calls within India will cost Rs.2 per minute. Monthly charges for using this service will be Rs.150. International calls seem really cheap at just 1.2 paise per minute if we go by the release . BSNL has launched this service in partnership with Sai InfoSystem (India) Ltd. (SIS).

While we figure out the exact tariffs and equipment required, you can find the release below.

Press Release

BSNL launches Voice & Video Telephony over Internet Protocol in India

New Delhi July 18, 2011: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), India’s incumbent & one of the largest integrated telecom service provider along with Sai InfoSystem (India) Ltd. (SIS), one of the fastest growing ICT Company in the country today has launched the first of its kind VOIP services in India. Present on the occasion of the launch were Shri. Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the PM (Public Infrastructure, Information and Innovation), Shri. R. K. Upadhyay, CMD, BSNL, Shri. Rajesh Wadhwa, Director (CFA), BSNL; Shri R.K Aggarwal, Director(CM), BSNL; and Shri. Sunil Kakkad, CMD, SIS .

BSNL’s Voice & Video Over Internet Protocol (VVOIP) technology uses the packet switching technology and makes communication possible over IP networks such as Internet. In this the Voice and Video signals are converted into data packets and sent to the destination, where the data packets are again converted back to voice and video respectively.

The main highlight of this service is that any customer can make audio and video calls at will on any landline, mobile or IP phone anywhere in the world (except India), provided both the ends have requisite video phone equipment and if video phone equipment is available at only one end, only voice call can happen. Within India, a customer can make only IP to IP calling within BSNL network.

The VVOIP service will cost 40 paise per minute for audio calls and Rs.2/- per minute for video calls within the country. International calls charges using VVOIP service are very affordable. For example, a call to US will cost Rs.1.20 p per minute to UK it will cost Rs.1.20 P on landline and Rs.7.20 P to mobile and Rs.1.20 p per minute to China. The detailed tariff charges for all countries are available on BSNL website, that is, Monthly charges for VVOIP services will be Rs.150/- only. Besides soft SIP phones, a terminal adaptor, which can be attached to existing PSTN phone are also being made available by M/s Sai Info Systems which are available on BSNL as well as SIS web sites.

The high Quality of Service (QoS) is accompanied by authentication schemes and built in encryption to maintain the privacy and secrecy of the communication. The Video Telephone can also be connected to overhead projectors and LCD TVs for a bigger display for communication between groups of people.

This service also provides all the industry standard Class 5 features like Call Hold, Call Transfer, Do Not Disturb, Call Forward, Mute, Caller ID / Name Display or Block, Call Waiting, Call Waiting Caller ID, 3-Way Conferencing, Call Log, Video Phone Book, Off Hook Auto Dial, Auto Answer, Early Dial and Speed Dial, Redial, Volume Control, Visual Message / Voice-mail Indicator, Downloadable Custom Music Ring Tones, etc.

Availability of Soft phone, which can be installed on a Personal Computer (PC), will further reduce the initial investment for subscribing to this service. The Soft phone will be provided FREE OF COST. DVD Quality pictures (30 fps) will ensure visual clarity at both ends. The controls will allow horizontal and vertical adjustments of the camera and zoom in and zoom out controls for better transmission of image.

Speaking on the occasion of the launch of the video telephony services, Shri. R. K. Upadhyay, CMD, BSNL said, “We are happy to provide our customers with the latest video & voice telephony services so that they can easily connect with their friends & relatives residing anywhere in the world. To start with, video communication will be restricted within the country and within the BSNL network. This mode of communication is highly affordable compared to conventional Video Conferencing Services. The video phone service will drastically reduce the cost of communication and enhance the quality of today’s communication by adding one more dimension. This service is highly user friendly and easy to install. We are also making arrangements with leading international carriers to ensure that consumers always reach their international destinations easily and at most affordable rates.”

Shri. Sunil Kakkad, CMD, SIS further added, “The technology used is in tune with the direction the telecom industry is heading – all different types of communication networks like landline, mobile, Internet are converging into a single IP network, which is today referred to as Next Generation Network (NGN). And SIS along with country’s largest telecom provider BSNL brings to its customers these futuristic services today.”

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