The power of mobile phones 16 Mar, 2012

The Power of Mobile Phones in Rural World by VNL

“I feel like I’m human now, not cut-off from my world, no longer isolated” were the words of Ram Kishan, in a village of Alwar district ,commenting on the power of his mobile phone, in an interview for the ITU-UN film “ICT’s for a Better Future”. His village was connected to the BSNL Rajasthan network through VNL’s solar powered GSM and Broadband solution as part of a pilot project for India’s USO Fund. You can see the film clip of Ram Kishan’s village and VNL’s solar powered WorldGSM™ base station here:

Mobile phones are driving economic growth in the developing world. But that’s not all – networks in developing countries also have valuable lessons to offer the West. Read more in this interesting article by Suzie Christodulu in cellular-news.


Introducing WorldGSM™ 15 Mar, 2012

Remote communities, like those throughout rural India and other remote regions of the world, are not full of mobile network engineers. A truly rural-optimized base station must be simple enough to be assembled by non-professionals — often people who cannot read or write. Mobile operators have great challenges deploying wireless network solutions in places where electrical grids are non-existent or unreliable, road access is frequently difficult, and where ARPUs are so low that the operators can’t justify traditional GSM deployment strategies, let alone high speed broadband access. VNL’s solar powered WorldGSM™ for rural networks is the future of rural wireless telephony and internet access through a cascading star network architecture that places coverage and capacity where it is needed, quickly, affordably, and with minimal OPEX and CAPEX.

Gurukul Internet Kiosk Solution

Broadband for Village Schools

VNL’s Village Internet Kiosk solution – “Gurukul” – enables rural communities to access high speed internet without the need for connection to the power grid or diesel generators. Earlier these services were only possible for urban areas.

High speed broadband internet access enables village children to take advantage of distance learning and other elearning initiatives, while other village residents can utilize the system for efinance and egovernance tasks, connecting the unconnected in rural areas.

Wrap Up of Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Spain February 27 – March 1, 2012. 12 Mar, 2012


The world’s largest industry defining B2B event in telecommunications attracted over 67,000 attendees this year. Nearly 1,500 companies showcased their organisations through exhibition stands and hospitality space across eight halls at the spectacular Fira Montjuïc venue, covering a space of 58,000 square meters.

VNL booth at MWC 2012

Sharing our passion to Connect the Unconnected: A large number of visitors dropped in at the VNL booth on all days.

VNL’s stand was in Hall 2, showcasing the award winning WorldGSM™ solar powered GSM and Broadband solution. This year the theme of the stall was “Green is Good for Business” and VNL focused on sites from Africa and South Asia where operators realized Opex savings of up to $24,000 per site in a year – much the same savings that VNL has delivered across the world in different operator networks.

VBTS at MWC 2012
VNL’s real life Village Base Station on display.

The centre of attention at the VNL stand was a real life Village Base Station (VBTS) which, with 2 solar panels, occupied a space of just 2×2 meters on the floor of the stand. VNL also shared details of the WorldGSM™ solution developed for remote islands in Indonesia to deliver affordable GSM & Broadband services to rural communities on these islands. VNL’s Zero Opex and payback theme attracted a large number of visitors from the telecom world who were interested in knowing more about VNL’s deployments and the results.

Rajiv Mehrotra in the panel discussion “Networks: Infrastructure Costs in The Age of Austerity”

On 29th February, Rajiv Mehrotra Chairman & CEO, participated in a panel discussion on “Networks: Infrastructure Costs in The Age of Austerity” – in today’s environment of austerity, operators are rethinking business models and searching out new solutions and revisiting old ones to deliver lower-cost networks. This lively session highlighted some of the most outstanding examples of ingenuity from across the world.

Also on display at the VNL stand for the very first time were special applications of VNL’s GSM and Broadband innovation used for privately owned and managed communication networks in remote industrial locations and strategic operations.

Rajiv Mehrotra, Chairman & CEO VNL, explaining the details of VNL’s WorldGSM™ the Hon. Minister of Communications & IT, Govt. of India, Shri Kapil Sibal.

Rajiv Mehrotra Chairman and CEO, VNL, discusses special applications of VNL’s solution in privately owned and managed communication networks

Across the aisle from VNL was the Shyam stand, showcasing solutions from India’s leading name in IP cellular backhaul.

Farewell Montjuic!!
Mobile World Congress 2013 moves to a new home Fira de Barcelona Gran Via – see you there!!

Connecting Remote Industries 26 Feb, 2012

Privately Owned and Managed GSM & Broadband Networks

Establishing a communication network for industries in difficult topographies and hazardous operational environments in remote locations has always been a challenge. The availability of the right network has direct bearing on operations management, security, health, safety, overall employee productivity, disaster management and satisfaction. One such activity is mining.

Given the level of complexity and risk in any mining operation, the ideal communication network must introduce efficiencies at all levels. VNL’s GSM and Broadband solution for mines is highly cost effective, rapidly deployable and robust. This unified communication network operates as a privately owned and remotely managed network.

Instant Communication Networks

GSM & Broadband for Defence, Security and
Disaster Management

In any sphere of tactical operations such as military and homeland security or emergency situations such as natural disasters, a reliable communication network is of paramount importance. Effective coordination to contain and control an emergency situation requires reliable, secure and responsive communication systems. A standard method of communication is to utilize the macro GSM networks. However, it has been seen that macro GSM networks also get impacted by either sheer volume of traffic at the scene, causing congestion, or have to be shutdown to remove the risk of cellular control of remote devices. In such situations an alternate private GSM network – regardless of the macro network – is a must.

VNL’s solution is a rapidly deployable and secure GSM & Broadband Communications solution which can be easily integrated on a fixed or transportable platform. It can be used to create instant coverage in crisis situations, providing privately owned & managed voice and data services even in the most challenging locations.

WorldGSM™ Infrastructure Sharing

Maximizing Revenue while Minimizing Risk in Rural
and Remote Deployments

As mobile network operators expand into rural and remote locations, they have realized that coverage alone is not a source of competitive advantage. It is evident that without innovative strategies to drive down CAPEX and OPEX, the viability of any network is under threat.

With these commercial considerations in mind, more and more operators have opted for infrastructure sharing models. In developing markets the primary focus has been on sharing the site infrastructure – location, mast, shelters, power systems and backup.

The WorldGSM™ Infrastructure Sharing Solution from VNL allows operators to share both passive as well as active elements of the network, introducing a new dimension of efficiency and cost savings in rural network deployments.