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MTNL launches video telephony service at Rs. 2.50 per minute
MTNL, the government run landlines and mobile service provider in Delhi and Mumbai, has started the Video Telephony Service on broadband in the two cities. The service can be availed over existing MTNL connections to make high quality Video calls through MTNL's landline or fibre network.

To utilize this service one has to shell out Rs. 2.50 per minute or can take MTNL VVOIP plans starting from Rs. 699 per month with 1000 free minutes. Users can make audio and video calls from their existing MTNL connection to any landline, mobile or IP phone anywhere in the world - except India.

While talking to the media after unveiling the video telephony service telecom minister Kapil Sibal said that the service should be affordable to common man.

“This service is pan-India, which will expand the services of BSNL and MTNL. The landline space, which was occupied by mobile phones, will be reduced. The biggest challenge is the business plan as there will be no capital cost. The instrument will be free. However, there will be usage charges. The business plan should be that a common man can afford it," said Kapil Sibal, the union telecommunications minister.

There are many features in the VVOIP service like 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, Down-loadable Custom Music Ring Tones, Call Hold, Call Transfer, Do Not Disturb, Call Forward, Mute, Caller ID / Name Display or Block, among others.

MTNL is already offering video calling services to its mobile customers on 3G platform. Former executive director for MTNL's wireless services division AK Bhargava said that there is no question of adverse impact on revenues from 3G video calling due to the video telephony services.

“No, there will be no impact on revenues that MTNL is getting from the 3G video calling due to the introduction of video telephony services,” AK Bhargava told this citizen journalist .

To provide the video telephony service MTNL has entered into partnership with Ahmedabad based ICT solutions provider Sai Infosystem (India) Limited.

MTNL subscribers have expressed immense happiness over the introduction of this latest service.

“This is a great step by the MTNL. I would like to congratulate them this big initiative. I am sure people like me who are using MTNL are going to use this service a lot in their day to day life,” said Manish Srivastava.

“BSNL has already there with their telephony services. There are 3G video calling services available in the market. And finally this video telephony services. There are so many options available now in the market,” said Rajesh Sharma a resident of NCR Ghaziabad.

Using the video telephony service organizations can have instant face-to-face meetings, sales reviews, and training sessions at 25% of the current cost.

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