BSNL Expands e-PCO Service Network in Karnataka

In a bid to create employment opportunities and bridge the digital divide while enhancing information technology adoption in semi-urban and rural areas, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) Karnataka circle today announced the expansion of its e-PCO facility to the Maysore city and semi urban areas.

Initially BSNL e-PCO concept was launched in 2008-09 in Bangalore, Kodage and Maysore districts in partnership with Intel, BSNL- Karnataka PCO Association, and ItzCash.

The e-PCO provides multiple online services to citizens, including railway, airline and bus ticket booking, utility bill payment, Internet browsing and chat facility, insurance and banking, online transactions such as DTH television subscription and shopping and video communication facility, among others.The initiative would allow the PCO to provide a host of services to its neighboring locality and enable the operators to earn additional revenue.

Speaking on the expansion of of e-PCO services, Mr P. Raghavan, CGM, Karnataka Circle, said, “BSNL Karnataka has launched several initiatives to increase PCO penetration in the circle and e-PCO programme is one such initiative where broadband connection is extended by BSNL to the existing PCOs to provide the operators with an alternative revenue option.”

Mr. S V Rajendra President of the association said “the concept was a great opportunity to take broadband to rural India. The e-PCO also offered a good revenue model”

This Article Was Written By: Sanjay Bafna

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Sanjay Bafna is an entrepreneur and National Editor at TelecomTALK covering Mobile Operators, 3G, Broadband, 4G, LTE, Telecom Policies & Regulations and Mobile Phones. He is well known Telecom and Mobile Analyst, Love Tea and Chocolates.

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  • archita May 20, 2010 12:11 pm, 12:11 PM

    ItzCash cards are available in their franchisee outlets.

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  • farida May 7, 2010 3:43 pm, 3:43 PM

    Can anyone tell me where these ItzCash cards are available?

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  • Sania April 29, 2010 3:22 pm, 3:22 PM

    Yes. With ItzCash card its really simple &easy online payment

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  • Sadiya April 22, 2010 2:25 pm, 2:25 PM

    Cash cards like ItzCash have definitely benefitted easy and hassle free online payment of utility & service bills

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  • Sadiya April 20, 2010 3:41 pm, 3:41 PM

    It is good to know that semi urban areas can now use online mode of payment. e-PCO bridges the digital divide between urban & semi urban areas

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  • Arjun.C April 14, 2010 7:59 am, 7:59 AM

    @rajiev
    of course it’s a PCO with useful services

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  • Prasath J April 14, 2010 2:51 am, 2:51 AM

    Nice move… With the penetration of Mobiles, especially the FREE SIMs with Rs100 to Rs150TT, PCO has lost its grace… Now such new things (rail-ticket booking, insurance & other online services) included in e-PCO will allow them to breath some fresh air…

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  • saket April 13, 2010 10:17 pm, 10:17 PM

    yes, it’s telephone booth with additional feature.

    Such services are generally provided by person with his own skills/ability/effort,
    But here bsnl is providing platform

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  • rajiev April 13, 2010 8:59 pm, 8:59 PM

    is this not a telephone both?

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  • Arjun.C April 13, 2010 8:15 pm, 8:15 PM

    BEST OFFER BY BSNL.IT WILL RETAIN AND ADDS THE CUSTOMERS WHO WILL USE PCO BOOTH WHEN THEIR MOBILE NETWORKS WILL BECOME ZERO IN REMOTE AREAS.

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  • rahul (Tech India) April 13, 2010 8:13 pm, 8:13 PM

    nice move,its should be implemented in all circles

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  • Gaurav jha April 13, 2010 4:53 pm, 4:53 PM

    Nice,,

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