Our participation this year is quite special as we will showcase our 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.
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 still further.
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 CommunicAsia in Singapore, save half an hour for us. 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.