VSNL is India's exclusive provider of international telecommunication
services, offering both basic and value-added services. It was incorporated
is one of India's top ten companies, with the Government of India
holding a majority stake. In 1998, the company was awarded 'Navratna'
status (One of the 'Nine Jewels') by the Indian Government. This
granted VSNL special managerial and operational freedom to participate
in joint ventures and strategic alliances. In 1998-99, VSNL handled
over 1.9 billion minutes of international telephone traffic and
earned revenues equivalent to US$1.6 billion. VSNL has built an
extensive infrastructure of facilities to provide its customers
with state-of-the-art telecommunications services.
International Telephony :
VSNL offers International Direct Dialing facility to 236 countries
from India. The facility to book collect calls and fixed time calls
is also available through VSNL's operators.
International Telex :
International Telex is one of VSNL's basic services, providing
a convenient and cost-effective means of communications to almost
237 countries in the world.
International Telegraph :
VSNL provides International Telegraph Services to 30 Countries
all over the world.
Value Added Services
Home Country Direct Services :
visitors in India can call directly through their own country's
telephone operator and can even charge their call to their home
number or credit card.
India Direct Services :
VSNL has introduced the India Direct Service from different countries
around the world. To use this service, a person in a foreign country
calls a unique access number and is connected automatically to an
MTNL operator in Mumbai. The MTNL operator will then pass the call
onto the desired number in India. Direct numbers are different for
every country and are either toll free or charged at local call
At present India Direct services are available from 28 countries.
VSNL Internet Access Services : Enables
subscribers to send/receive E-mail, read news, surf the net, download
files, log on to remote machines, chat, listen to music, do purchasing
on the net and more.
ISDN : Integrated Services Digital
Network (ISDN) enables a customer to make data call and voice call
using single end-to-end digital network. This service is available
with 21 countries and 23 Administrations.
Gateway Electronic Data Interchange Services
(GEDIS) : This service provides customers with the ideal
environment for national and international electronic trading.
Gateway Electronic Mail Services :
This service provides full-featured domestic as well as international
E-mail and forward fax services to Indian customers. This service
enables 60 - 70% reduction in the fax communication bill.
Gateway Packet Switched Data Services (GPSS)
This service enables economical, low and high-speed data communications.
Conference Service :
This facility allows people who are far apart to meet face-to-face,
without the expense, time and hassle involved in international travel.
Customers can be connected directly to 19 international destinations.
INMARSAT Services :
This is a mobile communication service for commercial as well as
distress and safety applications at sea, in the air and on land.
International Private Leased Circuit :
VSNL provides international private leased circuits for point-to-point,
fast, efficient and reliable communications to aid modern business
houses in their need for effective and economical telecommunications.