Made in India videophone launched by D-link

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Mumbai, Aug 13: Leading networking solution provider D-Link on Wednesday, Aug 13 launched the nation's first ever indigenously made Videophone whose cost is significantly lower than a similar product from multinational providers.

Already being tested by A State police department in the country, the major breakthrough development by the R and D wing of D-Link, could push the cost further down from the current sub-Rs 25,000 cost with mass production, D Link Executive Chairman K R Naik told newsmen here.

The Company was already in talks with several multinational vendors and also local telecom companies to give a major boost to the videophone that could enable people using broadband to hook up videophone and talk. Mr Naik did not rule out a four-digit priceline for the feature rich videophone with a built in LCD screen. The videophone developed was a stand alone device not requiring a computer, television or high bandwidth. It used advanced video compression technology and maximises the image and audio quality within the available bandwidth which could be even as low as 128 kbps.

Developed at the Bangalore-based R and D centre of the company, Videophone had been developed at a cost of over one million dollars, Mr Naik said and initially 30 of the 300 sets were produced have been given to a State police. He did not identify the State.

He said the phone would be launched, coinciding with the Independence day to rejoice it with the spirit of freedom.


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