VNL Named Technology Pioneer 2010 by World Economic Forum 3 Dec, 2009

World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers 2010Geneva, Switzerland: The World Economic Forum announced today the 2010 Technology Pioneers. VNL was named as one of only 26 companies world wide to receive this prestigious award. The selection showcases the most innovative start-ups that will have a critical impact on the future of business and society. Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL will join the World Economic Forum community during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2010 in January at Davos.

Technology Pioneers are nominated by Forum members and partners, technology experts, venture capital firms, technology incubators, entrepreneurs, innovators, current Technology Pioneers and alumni and the Selection Advisory Committee, an external group of technology experts in specific fields. Short-listed nominees are evaluated by an external selection advisory committee comprised of technology experts within the specific fields.

Rajiv Mehrotra said:

“VNL’s solar powered WorldGSM telecom equipment is already changing the lives of people in a very substantial way. Villagers are making their first phone calls. We are showing the telecom industry that there is another way to reach rural networks profitably. I am proud of the work VNL has done to re-engineer GSM for rural populations. While there are more challenges to face, this validation proves that we are on the right track to make history.”

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Feb 15-18, 2010: Mobile World Congress 2010, Fira de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain


VNL ( is substantially changing the way operators will build networks in the future. As the innovator of zero opex networks and the pioneer of microtelecom, their simple to install solar powered cellular base stations help mobile operators maximize their profit margins by reaching rural markets profitably. The management team includes telecom industry veterans with vast experience in bringing products and services to entirely new markets. Its Founder, Chairman & CEO, Rajiv Mehrotra, started the Shyam Group of companies and established some of the earliest GSM, CDMA and fixed networks in India serving millions of people today.

For more information, visit the company website at or contact VNL’s PR representative Bridget Fishleigh (+44 7946 342 903, or Skype: bridgetfishleigh).


VNL Nominated for Three Awards at Africa Com 2009 21 Oct, 2009

Africa ComVNL joins prestigious names such as Etisalat, Safaricom, Motorola, Ericsson and MTN in being short-listed at the Africa Com awards. According to the award organisers, the entries covered an impressively broad spectrum of networks, services and solutions, offering a true cross-section of the African telecommunications industry.

VNL has been short-listed for the Green Telecoms Award, Best Solution for Rural Services and Telecoms Innovation of the Year. The winners will be announced at the awards dinner in Cape Town on Wednesday 11 November.

VNL will be exhibiting at the show in Booth# E1A and Suraj Chaudhry, Head of Business development, will be giving a presentation at the conference on Thursday 12 November at 1210 titled “How to provide affordable mobile services to rural populations – and still make a profit”.

The full shortlist can be seen at

VNL Selected as One of Light Reading’s 2009 Top Picks 19 Oct, 2009

Light Reading has named VNL as a company to watch in the wireless infrastructure market. Its WorldGSM™ solar-powered GSM base station was today named as a Top Pick alongside 3G and LTE base stations from AT&T and Ericsson.

The Top Picks are “the communications technologies, services, and products that Light Reading’s editors think have the best chance of shaking up the industry. In consultation with Heavy Reading, Pyramid Research, dozens of sources, and several well-informed readers, Light Reading’s editors endeavored to make a variety of picks from all over the world to show what services in products they see as embodying the trends that will shape the industry in the next 12 to 18 months.”

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Rajiv Mehrotra Interviewed by TelecomTV from the Floor of ITU Telecom World 15 Oct, 2009

Executive Insight: Rajiv Mehrotra, VNL

Indian mobile infrastructure company VNL believes simplicity of installation and low power consumption are needed to provide cost-effective wireless coverage to developing nations.

Watch this interview at TelecomTV with Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL as he discusses VNL’s solar powered GSM for rural networks and their impact on the future of rural telephony on the floor of ITU Telecom World 2009.

To view the video on TelecomTV’s web site, click here:

News About VNL from ITU Telecom World 2009

VNL spent five days in Geneva, Switzerland participating in forums and exhibiting their WorldGSM™ solar powered base station at ITU Telecom World 2009. The press conference on Tuesday was attended by press from around the world. Here are links to some of what they had to say.

Vihaan Networks starts first solar-powered GSM network
October 7, 2009, 13:13 IST

Press Trust of India / Geneva

Indian telecom equipment maker Vihaan Networks Limited today announced the first commercial deployment of solar-powered GSM system, a step that could increase competition for MNCs like Ericsson and Nokia-Siemens.

India’s VNL To Expand Growth Outside Indian Subcontinent
OCTOBER 6, 2009, 12:26 P.M. ET
By Goran Mijuk – Dow Jones Newswires

GENEVA (Dow Jones)–India-based telecommunications equipment maker Vihaan Networks Ltd., or VNL, Tuesday said it aims to spur growth by tapping the world’s poorest and most remote places in Asia and elsewhere…

Vihaan Networks unveils solar-powered mobile system
Sunday, Oct 11, 2009
Sandeep Joshi – The Hindu

GENEVA: WorldGSM, an environment-friendly and cost-effective solar-powered mobile system, developed by Indian telecom equipment manufacturer Vihaan Networks Limited (VNL), might prove to be the perfect way to connect the disconnected across the world, particularly in developing and poor countries. Ready for commercial deployment, WorldGSM, comprising a base station and two small-sized solar panels, was unveiled at the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union (ITU) annual conference by VNL’s founder and Chairman Rajiv Mehrotra.

NDTV Interviews Rajiv Mehrotra at ITU Telecom World 2009

NDTV’s Arijit Banerjee interviews Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL about “convincing large Indian telcos to turn green even as they continue rolling out networks at break-neck speed. VNL provides solar powered telecom towers and base stations.”

To view the video on NDTV’s web site, click here:

ITU Telecom World 2009 Wrap Up

VNL, a pioneer in green telecom solutions, sponsored the Green@ICT Pavilion at ITU Telecom World, held at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, from October 5 – 9, 2009. The Green Pavilion provided a unique environment, showcasing products and solutions that are driving the Green@ICT agenda forward.

VNL’s exhibition space featured a wall mural showcasing a live deployment of the WorldGSM™ solar powered base station in Rajasthan, India
VNL’s exhibition space featured a wall mural showcasing a live deployment of the WorldGSM™ solar powered base station in Rajasthan, India

VNL’s solar-powered WorldGSM™ base station was a crowd pleaser, as attendees from five continents visited the booth. VNL’s exhibit space introduced heads of state, ministers, and mobile network operators to the world’s first completely solar-powered WorldGSM™ solution, specifically made for rural areas with ARPUs of less than $2. WorldGSM™ is the first commercially viable GSM system that is independent of the power grid. It runs exclusively on solar power and requires no diesel generator backup. It is also designed for simple delivery and deployment by local, untrained people – all resulting in zero opex, dramatically lower capex, and near zero maintenance. Featured in the booth was a copy of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Wireless Innovation and Overall Bronze Award given to VNL’s WorldGSM™ as part of their 2009 Technology Innovation Awards (LINK TO WSJ]. WorldGSM™ has also won the “Best Technology Foresight” category at last year’s World Communications Awards and was runner up in the “Green Network Hardware and Infrastructure” category at the 2009 CTIA Wireless E-Tech Awards.

Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL with WorldGSM™ base station
Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL with WorldGSM™ base station

At the conference, Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman and CEO of VNL, was a panel participant at the Green@ICT Forum discussing solar telecom and its impact, enabling human prosperity in remote areas and rural villages through the use of clean and affordable energy. During the panel, Mr. Mehrotra stated, “With its virtually limitless supply, solar power has the potential to extend and power a mobile operator’s network affordably, even in the most remote corners of our planet.” Learn how VNL’s WorldGSM™ system can do this today.

Rajiv Mehrotra attends the Official Joint Opening Forum and Heads of State Contributions
Rajiv Mehrotra attends the Official Joint Opening Forum and Heads of State Contributions

Rajiv Mehrotra was also the presenter at VNL’s press conference on Tuesday, where he announced that VNL was now deployed in 50 villages in India, and planned to be deployed on three continents by the end of the year. When answering questions about the company’s plans for Africa, Mr. Mehrotra answered that VNL intended to work closely with African operators, and were in talks with most of them already. Recently, VNL had announced commercial availability in Asia at a press conference at CommunicAsia, and in Latin America at Americas Com.

VNL intends to work closely with African operators to deploy solar powered WorldGSM™ by the end of the year
VNL intends to work closely with African operators to deploy solar powered WorldGSM™ by the end of the year

The next billion subscribers will be coming from rural populations, away from saturated urban markets. VNL is changing the DNA of rural telecom by providing commercially viable new building blocks that will transform the way you build your networks in the future. If you missed ITU Telecom World, you can still see WorldGSM™ for yourself before 2009 ends. VNL will be exhibiting its solar powered base station at North Africa Com in Cairo, October 27 & 28, 2009 and at Africa Com in Cape Town, South Africa, November 11 & 12, 2009.