VNL 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 http://www.africacomawards.com/awards/shortlist.
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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: http://itu.telecomtv.com/kp/video.aspx?v=4128
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’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: http://www.ndtv.com/news/videos/video_player.php?id=1164316
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 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
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 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
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.
VNL announces its participation at Africa Com. This conference and exhibition will be held at the Cape Town Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, November 11 – 12, 2009.
VNL’s participation this year includes a speaking engagement focused on solar wireless telecom. The exhibit will introduce mobile network operators to their award-winning WorldGSM™ system – 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 local, untrained workers – all resulting in zero opex, dramatically lower capex, and near zero maintenance.
Mobile operators now have a way to provide mobile 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.
The next billion subscribers will be coming from rural populations, away from saturated urban markets. So if you’re planning to visit Africa Com 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa, 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 E1A to learn more.
Feb 15-18, 2010: Mobile World Congress 2010, Fira de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
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.
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