The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited launched video telephony services across Tamil Nadu on Friday to mark the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD), which falls on May 17.

Addressing a press conference here, A. Shajahan, Principal General Manager, BSNL Coimbatore, said that through the Video and Voice on Broadband (VVoBB) service, BSNL customers can have a face-to-face interaction at high quality compared to similar services available online.

As it can accommodate up to five persons, the VVoBB would provide high quality resolution for video conference. Nine persons can come on the same video-conference, but the images of only five will be displayed, he said.

Unlike other similar services, the VVoBB does not require a desktop computer or laptop. This service could also be used to perform video-surveillance.

While broadband customers can immediately avail this service, he said that a ‘port’ would have to be installed for others.

While aimed primarily at business, both private and public sector units, he said that this service will also provide a boost to telemedicine and tele-education services.

Mr. Shajahan said that new business plans of the BSNL include launching high speed ‘cypher cafes,’ renting out its premises for other business concerns such as ATMs and providing customised in-plant training to engineering college students.

The price of the VVoBB telephone started from around Rs.15.000 for a four-inch screen to Rs. 4 lakh for a 22-inch screen. The call charge would be Rs. 2.50 per minute.

The present position of the BSNL in Coimbatore was 2.25 lakh landline connections, of whom 69.618 had broadband. They were offered speeds ranging from 16 to 24 mbps.

Further information about this service could be obtained from S. Muthukumar, Assistant General Manager (Enterprise Business), mobile: 94861 01049, landline: (0422) 244 9400.

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