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Rajiv Mehrotra Named in List of 100 Most Powerful and Influential People in the Telecoms Industry 30 Sep, 2009

Today the prestigious international telecoms magazine, Global Telecoms Business, published the GTB Power100, its list of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the telecoms industry.

Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman and CEO of VNL, appeared in the list for the first time in 67th position.

The 2009 list is headed by Rob Conway, CEO of the GSM Association, followed by the CEOs of three of the world’s biggest operators — AT&T, Verizon and China Mobile. They are followed by two of the world’s top regulators, Julius Genachowski of the FCC and European Commissioner Viviane Reding.

Representatives of two other Indian companies appeared on the GTB100 – Srinath Narasimhan, CEO of Tata Communications and Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and group CEO of Bharti Enterprises.

The list was dominated by well-known companies from both the operator and vendor side; VNL was the only start-up equipment vendor to appear.

The full list can be seen at www.globaltelecomsbusiness.com/Stub/Power100.html

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ComputerWorld Colombia: “Mobile Telephony to Rural Remote Areas with Minor ARPUs to US$2 per Month” 29 Sep, 2009

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(Latin America) According to GSMA, approximately 3.000 millions of persons, or the half of the world population, lives and is employed at rural areas without access to the telecommunications.

Million of these persons live in Latin America and the biggest obstacle to integrate them is that the traditional technology GSM has been designed for dense populations and relatively prosperous markets. As such, he does not adapt himself to the needs and particular challenges of the rural remote areas…

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Meet VNL at North Africa Com, Cairo: October 27 – 28, 2009 27 Sep, 2009

Every Autumn, North Africa greets mobile network operators from around the world at North Africa Com. This conference and exhibition will be held at the J.W. Marriot Hotel in Cairo, Egypt, October 27-28, 2009.

Our participation this year focuses on the commercial launch our award-winning WorldGSM™ system in North Africa – the solar powered GSM system 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 two unskilled people in six hours – all resulting in zero opex, dramatically lower capex, and near zero maintenance.

Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL stated:

“Mobile operators now have a way to provide services to rural communities in the developing world and still turn a profit. WorldGSM™ also opens up a new microtelecom business model where operators can partner with local entrepreneurs to accelerate deployment and reduce costs still further.”

On Wednesday, at the conference, Suraj Chaudhary of VNL, will be presenting on “Solutions for Low Cost Network Deployments to Extend Access to Rural Communities” featuring this microtelecom approach that enables mobile operators to reach rural populations and still make a profit.

If you’re a mobile operator, you are well aware that the next billion subscribers will be coming from rural populations, away from saturated urban markets. So if you’re planning to visit North Africa Com 2009 in Cairo, stop by our booth and see the future of rural wireless telephony. 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.

Visit us in Booths 30 & 31.

Also visit VNL at:

  • Oct 5-9, 2009: ITU Telecom World 2009, Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Nov 11-12, 2009: AfricaCom, Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Feb 15-18, 2010: Mobile World Congress 2010, Fira de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

ABOUT VNL

VNL (www.vnl.in) 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 Chairman and founder, 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 www.vnl.in or contact VNL’s PR representative Bridget Fishleigh (+44 7946 342 903, bridget@nomadcomms.com or Skype: bridgetfishleigh).

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Topcommbiz: “INNOVACIÓN – Estaciones Base GSM Autónomas, una Solución para áreas Rurales” 17 Sep, 2009

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(Latin America) En estos tiempos en que las empresas luchan insistentemente por concebir sus negocios utilizando menos contaminantes, surge una alternativa que ha estado allí por los siglos de los siglos: la energía solar.

Hace centenares de millones de años el planeta generó los actuales yacimientos de petróleo y gas natural, una valiosa herencia que no se usa como debería, incluyéndole a esto que China y la India empezaron a consumir estos energéticos en una forma desmedida…

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Wall Street Journal Names VNL’s Solar Powered GSM as Best Wireless Innovation and Overall Bronze Winner in its 2009 Technology Innovation Awards 15 Sep, 2009

WSJ Technology Innovation Award WinnerVNL is pleased to announce that is has been awarded the Bronze in this year’s Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards. VNL is also led the Wireless category. As John Leger, News Editor of the Wall Street Journal states:

“You should be very proud of this achievement. We received nearly 500 entries, with only about 7% receiving an award. Needless to say, the competition was extremely intense. Full coverage of the awards appears in The Wall Street Journal’s three global editions on Monday as well as online at WSJ.com/Reports.”

Mr. Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL, will be accepting the award at the awards ceremony and dinner being held October 13 in Redwood City, CA. The ceremony will held in conjunction with the Dow Jones VentureWire Technology Showcase. Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal will be speaking at the event.

To read the article announcing the awards and to get more information about the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards, click here.

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VNL bags award from Wall Street Journal
Hindu Business Line – Chennai,India
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VNL’s wins The Wall Street Journal 2009 Technology Innovation Awards
Economic Times – Gurgaon, Haryana, India

VNL also emerged as the winner of the Wireless category. … Founded by Rajiv Mehrotra, VNL is looking to overcome this obstacle with a low-power cellular …

India’s Vihaan Networks bags WSJ’s Technology Innovation Awards
TelecomTiger – New Delhi, India

Vihaan Networks Limited (VNL) said that it has bagged the best wireless innovation … VNL has designed the solution keeping in mind the needs of low cost …

TyN: “ARPUs Remote Rural Areas with Less than U.S. $ 2 per Month” 14 Sep, 2009

(Latin America) As GSMA, approximately 3 billion people or half the world’s population lives and works in rural areas without access to telecommunications.

14.09.2009 | (Latin America) Millions of people live in Latin America and the biggest obstacle for integration is that traditional GSM technology is designed for dense populations and a relatively affluent market. As such, it doesn’t fit the needs and unique challenges of remote rural areas…

To read the original article in Spanish: http://www.tynmagazine.com/341820-Areas-rurales-remotas-con-ARPUs-menores-a-US$2-por-mes.note.aspx

To read the article translated into English: http://translate.google.se/translate?hl=sv&sl=es&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tynmagazine.com%2F341820-Areas-rurales-remotas-con-ARPUs-menores-a-US%242-por-mes.note.aspx

Meet VNL at ITU Telecom World, Geneva, Switzerland: October 5 – 9, 2009 11 Sep, 2009

VNL, a pioneer in green telecom solutions, proudly announces its sponsorship of the Green@ICT Pavilion at ITU Telecom World. The conference and exhibition will be held at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, from October 5 – 9, 2009. The Green Pavilion is lead by the WMO, a UN Agency, and provides a unique environment, showcasing products and solutions that will be driving the Green@ICT agenda forward. These will include on-grid and off-grid energy efficient solutions, methods of monitoring climate change, managing e-waste, and much more.

At the conference, Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman and CEO of VNL, will be 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. 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.

VNL’s exhibit space at booth #4040.01, near the Registration area, will introduce 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. WorldGSM™ has 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.

The next billion subscribers will be coming from rural populations, away from saturated urban markets. So if you’re planning to visit ITU Telecom World 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland, stop by VNL’s booth and see the future of rural wireless telephony. 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.

Visit us in Booth 4040.01 to learn more. If you would like to schedule a personal tour, click here.

Also visit VNL at:

  • October 27-28, 2009: North AfricaCom, JW Marriot Hotel, Cairo, Egypt
  • Nov 11-12, 2009: AfricaCom, Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Feb 15-18, 2010: Mobile World Congress 2010, Fira de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

ABOUT VNL
VNL (www.vnl.in) 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 and 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 www.vnl.in or contact VNL’s PR representative Bridget Fishleigh (+44 7946 342 903, bridget@nomadcomms.com or Skype: bridgetfishleigh).

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