Public call office
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A public call office (PCO) is a telephone facility located in a public place in India and Pakistan. It is also another name in the United Kingdom for a public telephone box (postal addresses for these kiosks sometimes include "PCO").
In India, manned and automated (coin operated payphone) versions of the service are in existence. BSNL, a public sector corporation, has the largest installation of PCOs in India. Mr. R. L. Dube, a BSNL officer introduced concept of PCO's in India. As of 2006 there are about 4,199,157 PCOs operating in India, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
There are two types of landline and wireless. There are Landlline PCO and Wireless PCO uses 2 kinds of technology- CDMA and GSM. Reliance and Tata Indicom are CDMA based prepaid PCO connection provider and Airtel, Idea and Hutch are GSM based prepaid PCO connection providers. Dursanchar government under take to private C-DOT, ITI, MTNL, BSNL and Airtel provide fixed landline postpaid PCO connections. MTNL is also planning to come in to prepaid PCO business the kind taking the trend.
PICoF (Public Internet Café on Fiber)
In BSNL, which is the largest public sector telecom company of India, its Bhopal Unit has for the first time started an Internet Café on Optical Fiber. On 18.08.2013, at Neelbadh locality of Bhopal, MP, India, the Chief General Manager of MP Unit of BSNL, Mr. N.K.Yadav and Mr. Mahesh Shukla, Sr. General Manager of Bhopal Unit inaugurated "PICoF" (Public Internet Café on Fiber) at the shop of Mr Deepak Verma, who was earlier running internet café on a Broadband Connection taken on copper lines.
The concept of Internet Café is similar to Public Call Office where needy customers come for internet use on payment basis. The concept has lot of utility and value in developing countries like India, Pakistan where everyone can not afford a computer and a Broadband Connection. Many customers are illiterate and they take the help of café owner for internet use.
In Pakistan, PCOs are provided by Pakistan Telecommunication Company (PTCL), Dancom, Worldcall, and Telecard, amongst others. These companies usually provide calling-card-based domestic and international telecom services.
PCO in USA
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