Broadband voice and data telecommunication
services provider, MTNL, has introduced voice overt internet
protocol- (VoIP) international voice calls at Re1 per
minute, without having to use a PC. The service shall
be available to about 150 countries
Branded, Netfone, the service that will be operational
over its broadband network will allow international subscriber
dialling (ISD) subscribers to make calls at this rate
to to landlines and mobiles the US, the UK, Canada, Australia
and many other countries. and for Japan, Malaysia and
many other countries Rs2 per minute.
The service will initially be available on a prepaid
basis and will also be available to all MTNL PCO holders.
MTNL''s broadband customers subscribing to the VoIP service
will be able to make international calls from a normal
telephone without a PC.
"We are now all set to connect the people of our
country with the world and I am confident that people
would be delighted with the service and demand would certainly
increase, said R S P Sinha, chairman and managing director,
MTNL, while announcing the commercial launch of its Netfone
"VoIP induction to MTNL''s list of services is the
result of the relentless efforts to provide consumers
the benefits of technology at the most affordable prices,"
MTNL will now be providing a 4-in-1 facility on a single
MTNL landline connection, which will enable customers
to use normal telephone, internet, VoIP phone and IPTV
The VoIP Service (voice over internet protocol) will
be available to MTNL''s broadband customers. The VoIP uses
the ''session initiation protocol'' (SIP) for transporting
voice packets. It is partnering with communication technology
provider Aksh Optifibre Ltd.
To start with, MTNL can handle up to 50,000 VoIP subscribers
thopugh ot wil release only 10,000 connections in this
financial year and 50,000 in the subsequent year.
According to A K Arora, executive director, MTNL, Delhi,
a non-refundable rregistration and installation charges
for subscribing to the service are Rs500 will be charged
directly in the telephone bill.
The customer can make two types of calls SIP to SIP for
local, national and international calls and SIP to PSTN
/ mobile for international calls only.
The service has been launched with attractive tariff
plans such as Plan VoIP 200 with a monthly rental Rs.200
with having 400 minutes of SIP-SIP calls free and 20 paise
per minute thereafter and; Plan VoIP 400 with a monthly
rental Rs.400 with 800 minutes of SIP-SIP calls free and
10 paise per minute thereafter.
The service will be provided through an analog telephone
adaptor (ATA), which is connected to ADSL modem. The refundable
security deposit for this will Rs1,000 with a fixed quarterly
rental of Rs243 (inclusive of service tax).
A lifetime plan for ATA is also available for Rs1,460
(inclusive of all taxes).
The prepaid cards will be available in the denomination
of Rs.100, Rs.500 and
Rs.1 000 with validity of 3 months, 6 months and 12 months
respectively with full talk value and available at all
MTNL Sachaar haats.
Kailash Choudhary, MD, Aksh Optifibre Ltd, said, that
with the launch of VoIP service, a single communication
platform had been created for Indian subscribers in the
country and abroad.
The registration and provisioning will start from 27
August, and customers can book VoIP connection by dialing