About VNL

VNL makes telecom equipment that helps mobile operators reach rural markets profitably.

VNL makes the award-winning WorldGSM™ system, the solar powered turnkey 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.

“The next level of growth in the Indian telecom sector will clearly come from the rural markets.”

November 2007

For the first time, operators can build profitable businesses serving low-ARPU users in difficult to reach communities.

The bottom line is that 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 – involving microfinance – where operators can partner with local entrepreneurs to accelerate deployment and reduce costs.

VNL is 100% focused on this massive opportunity. Our management team has deep experience at the highest level of the telecom industry and has long-established relationships with major operators, equipment vendors, suppliers and NGOs.

VNL’s pioneering work has been widely praised: during Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona, VNL was named the recipient of GSMA’s 2010 “Green Mobile – Best Green Programme Product or Initiative” Award. VNL was also named as a Technology Pioneer 2010 by The World Economic Forum. In addition, VNL was named the third most innovative company – and the most innovative telecoms company – in the world in the Wall Street Journal’s annual Technology Innovation Awards.

The microtelecom revolution is ready to begin and VNL is leading the charge.

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