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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.

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

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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!!

VNL Participates at Mobile World Congress 2012 23 Feb, 2012

A simple switch to WorldGSM™ got an African mobile operator an average saving of $24,000 per site in a year.

VNL announces its participation again at GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 27th – March 1st, 2012.

Rajiv Mehrotra Chairman and CEO will be speaking on a panel entitled “Networks : Infrastructure Costs in the Age of Austerity”.

In today’s environment of austerity, operators are rethinking business models, searching out new solutions and revisiting old ones to deliver lower-cost networks. This session highlights some of the most outstanding examples of ingenuity and shows how operators around the world can employ similar measures.

Networks: Infrastructure Costs In The Age Of Austerity
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
1:45 PM to 3:15 PM Local Time (CET)
Location: Hall 5 – Room 6

VNL will be showcasing the dramatic OPEX savings achieved by WorldGSM™ sites deployed in Africa and the powerful payback proposition on CAPEX invested in these sites. For years we have heard that renewables take too long for payback. VNL’s WorldGSM™ solution is changing this perception across the world – captured in its current campaign -‘Green is Good for Business’.

In Africa, WorldGSM™ sites have saved upto $24,000 a year per site in diesel expenses alone.This will be of special interest to mobile operators and tower companies alike, as they search for ways to reduce high OPEX on account of huge diesel expenses to power their rural and remote sites in the absence of reliable grid power.

VNL’s solar powered WorldGSM™ Village Base Station (VBTS) will be on display at the stand.

VNL makes the award-winning WorldGSM™ solution – the sustainable GSM & Broadband network infrastructure solution specifically made for areas with ARPUs of less than $2. WorldGSM™ is the first commercially viable GSM & Broadband solution that is independent of the power grid. It requires no grid power or 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.

VNL WorldGSM™ Village Site in Africa
VNL WorldGSM™ Village Site in Africa

The next billion subscribers will be coming from rural populations, away from saturated urban markets. If you’re planning on visiting Mobile World Congress 2012, stop by VNL’s stand and see the future of rural voice and data networks. 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 Stand #2B33 to learn more.
Click here to arrange an appointment to see WorldGSM™ in the booth.

Wrap-up of India Telecom 2011 Show, New Delhi, Dec 7-9, 2011 2 Jan, 2012

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.

Wrap up of Enterprise India Show, Yangon Nov 10-13, 2011 21 Dec, 2011


Enterprise India, sponsored by the Indian Embassy and CII, started with a ribbon cutting ceremony performed by His Excellency Dr. Y. S. Seshadri, India’s Ambassador to Myanmar, His Excellency Mr. Soe Thane (Ministry of Industry I &II), His Excellency, Win Myint (Ministry of Commerce), and His Excellency Myint Swe (Yangon Division Prime Minister) and Sanjay Kirloskar, Mission Leader and Chairman of CII ASEAN/ANZ Regional Committee.

Ravi Ailawadhi, CEO of Shyam Networks represented both VNL and Shyam at the show. He personally introduced the Ambassador and Ministers to VNL’s Village Site and explained how VNL can help transform the lives of Myanmar’s 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 systems require no connections to the electrical grid, or any expensive diesel generators. They were very happy to learn that VNL is interested in finding local manufacturing partners to source components of VNL’s systems within Myanmar itself.

During the first day, Mr. Ailawadhi was also interviewed by SkyNet, one of Myanmar’s major TV channels where he discussed VNL’s offering for Myanmar and how access to telephony services and broadband can dramatically change a village for the better, opening up e-learning and e-health, expose locals to potential job opportunities, as well as providing a platform for local business to expand their market range. These types of added benefits is a vital end result of VNL’s GSM & broadband plan for Myanmar’s rural areas.

On the second day of the show, Mr. Ailawadhi introduced VNL’s solution to His Excellency, Thura Thiha Tin Aung Myint Oo, Vice President of the Union of the Republic of Myanmar. Minister of Ministries, His Excellency Myint Swe, accompanied the Vice President.

Later in the day, VNL had the pleasure of meeting with Aung Myint Htun, Joint Secretary General of the Mandalay Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Jeanne-Elise M. Heydecker, AVP Marketing for VNL, explained the value proposition of VNL’s solution and detailed some of the benefits of bringing affordable telecommunications and internet to the villages of Myanmar. Mr. Htun videotaped the presentation in order to share the information with the Chambers’ members at their next meeting.

VNL Participates at India Telecom 2011, New Delhi, 7-9 December, 2011 4 Dec, 2011

VNL announces its participation at India Telecom 2011 in New Delhi, India, 7th – 9th December, 2011.

VNL’s participation will focus on the addition of broadband services as part of their award-winning WorldGSM™ solution worldwide – the solar powered GSM network infrastructure equipment 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 billion subscribers will be coming from rural populations, away from saturated urban markets. If you’re planning on visiting India Telecom 2011, 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 at India Telecom 2011, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Hall 8-11, Booth #10-24, to learn more.


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* February 27 – March 1, 2012: Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain – Booth #2B47

Rajiv Mehrotra in the Global Telecoms Business Power 100 for 2011 1 Oct, 2011

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Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman and CEO of VNL, is at the 66th position in this year’s Global Telecoms Business Power 100 list.

Excerpt from the list:

“Rajiv Mehotra is chairman of the Shyam group, one of the main players in the Indian market. He is powerful because of what his vision and what he creates. Here is what his companies have achieved this year including launch of a new company. Shyam is India’s leading diversified telecommunications group, including Sistema Shyam Teleservices a joint venture with Russia’s Sistema to provide voice and data services under the MTS brand in India. The group includes VNL, which develops sustainable solutions for wireless voice and broadband networks: its WorldGSM solution has been deployed in networks in 10 countries and now has a partnership with Tower Bersama to sell, deploy and support solar powered GSM and broadband infrastructure.”

Dr. Hamadoun Touré of International Telecommunication Union, heads the 2011 Global Telecoms Business Power 100 followed by the CEOs of some of the world’s greatest companies — AT&T, Verizon, Telefónica and Google.

See the entire Power 100 list at the Global Telecoms Business website.