BSNL to set up 200 videoconferencing centers in 2013

Indian telco will set up public facilities based on revenue share model with partners, as part of new projects to find new income streams.

Indian telco BSNL will set up public videoconferencing centers at 200 locations in 2013, as part of new projects to add new revenues streams.

The facilities will be open to everybody for activities such as meetings, training sessions and etc, said RK Upadhyay, chairman and and managing director of BSNL, in a Times of India report Monday.

According to BSNL , its video and voice of Internet protocol (VVOIP) service will cost 40 paise (US$0.0.07) per minute for audio calls and INR 2 (US$0.036) per minute for video calls within the country. However there video calls to international destinations are not available, according to the report.

The telco is inviting an expression of interest in a week for the project, which will be based on a revenue share model with its selected partners. It will be among one of the main tools to help bring in extra income, noted the article.

BSNL is also planning to set up Wi-Fi hotspots in the country where it will provide space in its offices and telecom resources.