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BSNL starts voice and video telephony services

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AHMEDABAD, INDIA: BSNL along with Sai Infosystem,a Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) provider has launched voice and video telephony over Internet Protocol to its customers in Ahmedabad.

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A BSNL statement issued here said "Now any customer can make audio video calls at will on any landline, mobile or Internet Protocol phone anywhere in the world, provided that both the ends have requisite video phone equipment."

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BSNL CMD, Mr R.K. Upadhyay stated that video communication is highly affordable compared to conventional video conferencing services. He said that BSNL was making special arrangements with leading international carriers to ensure that consumers always reach their international destinations easily and at most affordable rates.

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According to the statement, the Voice and Video Over Internet Protocol (VVOIP) service will cost 40 paise per minute for audio calls and Rs 2 per minute for video calls within the country.

International call charges using VVOIP service are very affordable like a call to US will cost Rs 1.20 paise per minute, to UK it will cost Rs 1.20 paise on landline, Rs 7.20 paise to mobile, and Rs 1.20 paise per minute to China. Monthly charges for VVOIP will be Rs 150 only, the release added.

The services will be made available in other towns of Gujarat by the end of this month. The services planned to be later started in Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.

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