VNL participated at India Telecom 2011 held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, from December 7-9, 2011. The show, with the theme “m-Powering India” was organized by Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Government of India, in association with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). It was the sixth year of this international exhibition and conference showcasing India’s success story in telecom to the world.
VNL and Shyam were Principal Sponsors of the event.
India Telecom 2011 was inaugurated in the morning of 7th December 2011, by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh at the Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) Bhavan, followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Pragati Maidan venue by Shri Milind Deora, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications & IT, Govt.of India.
Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder Chairman of VNL, participated in the afternoon conference session entitled ‘Socio-economic impact of mobile connectivity’. Mr. Mehrotra made a thought provoking presentation on ‘Sustainable Energy Solutions for Rural India’ which was well received by the audience. Other distinguished panelists included Mr. Fredrik Jejdling, Managing Director and Head of Region, Ericsson India, Mr. Prashanth V Adiraju, Director, New Platforms Business Group, Intel South Asia ,Mr. Sandeep Girotra, Head of India Region, Nokia Siemens Networks and Dr. B. K. Gairola, Director General, NIC. Shri. R. Chandrashekhar, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India, chaired the session.
At the exhibition, VNL put up an impressive display of its products and solutions, clearly reflecting the leadership status of Shyam group companies in indigenous ‘Indian Product’ innovation. The VNL-Shyam stand was the centre of attention with live demonstration of the WorldGSM™ rural network solution for delivering cost-effective GSM and broadband services to rural India and a display of innovative solutions for networks in metros and urban areas. Visitors were very eager to learn more about WorldGSM™ and ‘Gurukul’ -VNL’s completely solar powered Village Internet Kiosk solution, that provides broadband access through Wi-Fi connectivity with VNL’s solar powered base station.
Mr. Mehrotra personally introduced Shri Sachin Pilot Hon’ble MOS (C & IT) and Shri Milind Deora, Hon’ble MOS (C & IT) to VNL’s award winning rural connectivity solution. The Ministers took a keen interest in understanding how VNL provided a viable business case for mobile operators to rapidly roll out GSM and broadband networks in rural areas and address the challenges of poor rural tele-density and the digital divide. He presented in great detail how VNL’s technology was transforming the lives of villagers living in rural areas, while at the same time enabling mobile operators to make a profit even at very low ARPUs. They were very interested in learning more about how VNL’s rural solution required no connections to the electrical grid, or any expensive diesel generators.
Many senior representatives from different wings of the Government visited the VNL-Shyam stand and had detailed interactions with the team to understand all aspects of the indigenous ‘Indian Product’ innovations on display. These included officials from DOT, TEC, TRAI, TDSAT, BSNL, MTNL, Defense and Paramilitary organisations – Army, Air Force, NSG and CISF – and several other ministries and departments. A large number of young students were also seen on all days of the show going about the stand asking lots of questions and taking notes on the solar powered rural GSM and broadband network solution.
India Telecom was a resounding success in reaffirming the leadership status of VNL and Shyam in the telecom equipment R&D and manufacturing sector in India.
VNL will be participating next at Mobile World Congress, February 27-March1 2011 in Barcelona, Spain-Stand#2B47. If you weren’t able to attend India Telecom, and are planning to be in Barcelona in February, register now to see the latest from India’s leading telecommunications infrastructure innovation company.