VNL’s Smart Border Management Solutions check all the boxes at this year’s Border Management event, New Delhi.
VNL successfully wrapped up its showcase of field-proven, terrain-specific, multi-layered, border management solutions at this year’s Smart Border Management, held at FICCI chambers in New Delhi. [...]
VNL announces participation at DefCom India 2019
At DefCom 2019, we will be showcasing our suite of T-LTE based Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured (IDDM), portable Mobile Integrated Network Terminals (MINT) for high altitude regions, and Portable Smart-ISR systems. [...]
Reducing the digital divide in an economically viable and truly inclusive way.
Latest statistics peg the number of mobile subscribers at 5.6 billion* globally. However, the number of subscriptions has increased to 7.9 billion, creating a global subscription penetration of 104%. That’s more subscriptions than the total human population on earth! [...]
VNL Goes Beyond Rural at India Telecom, 2019
VNL successfully concluded its participation in the year’s biggest get together of telecom equipment buyers and sellers – India Telecom, 2019 – organised by the Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council on February 12th at Shangri-La’s Eros, New Delhi. [...]
Why are the telecom players not venturing into the rural and remote?
While the world is gearing for 5G, which is yet to launch, Finland has already taken 6G or 6Genesis development to task. In such an advanced technological scenario, many countries, and regions within countries are bereft of 4G and 3G technologies. In fact, a lot of population still does not have access to any kind of connectivity, leave alone 2G. [...]
TRAI recommendations: A step in the right direction but implementation holds key
Last week, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India came up with much needed recommendations to promote manufacturing of telecom equipment within the country. Even as the Indian telecom sector has seen exponential growth in the last decade and emerged as the second largest market for telecom services globally, local production of telecom equipment has [...]
The often talked about “connectivity”
How it seems to be so simple to make a call to a friend whom you plan to meet this evening? Or if you want to say a Hi to your cousin, she is just a call away. I just boarded the local train in Mumbai one says, and almost every second person is on a call. [...]
Fostering digital inclusion for rural Peru
Plagued by difficult terrain, Peru has struggled to establish rural connectivity across its villages. VNL helped reduce the divide between urban and rural Peru by bringing connectivity to more than 200 villages in Peru. [...]
VNL launches its LTE systems for Africa, at the Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2018, Lagos
India took another step in strengthening its relationship with Africa by organizing the Indo-Africa ICT Expo, 2018 from 22nd – 23rd May in Lagos, Nigeria. The event saw participation from 75+ Indian companies, amidst hundreds of delegates from the African ICT sector. [...]
Set up your own mobile network at 3000 USD only!
We’ve recently slashed prices of our version of network-in-a-box so more areas around the world can have access to mobile connectivity like the rest of the urban centres. Omoco - a complete mobile network-in-a-box is now available at unbelievably affordable prices. [...]
VNL launches end-to-end communication and ISR solutions at DefExpo India 2018.
Finally, Defexpo18 (10th edition of the Defence Expo, India) concluded in Chennai on the 14th April, 2018. With ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’ as its theme, this event brought together delegations from 47 countries, and featured 162 foreign companies and 539 Indian companies. A majority, 75% of the exhibitors, were Indian companies, using this perfect platform to showcase the power of ‘Make In India’. [...]
VNL’s LTE solutions make its international debut at #MWC2018
VNL recently concluded its participation at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2018. The event witnessed an attendance of more than 100,000 telecom and mobile industry experts, government representatives, and exhibitors from all over the world. The #MWC18 was held from February 25 – 28, 2018, at Barcelona, Spain. [...]
VNL launches India’s first 4G/LTE system for rural areas at India Telecom, 2018
VNL wrapped up yet another successful showcase at India Telecom, 2018, organized by TEPC, at Shangri-La hotel on 23rd Feb. With some 135 visitors coming together from over 35 countries at the event , we got a chance to discuss how VNL’s mobile and broadband solutions could impact and change lives of millions by providing connectivity to rural areas , remote industries and public safety agencies. [...]
Emergency communication system for marine safety
When a large-scale disaster causes death and destruction, it becomes a calamity beyond human endurance. This is what happened when hundreds of fishermen from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu and Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala died, and many went missing after Cyclone Ockhi ravaged the Arabian Sea coast on 29 November, 2017. Ockhi has been a tragedy of massive proportions, not only for local fishing families, but also because it exposed the deficient Indian disaster management system. [...]
Boost to Make In India: Growth in telecom services lies in virtually nondescript to domestic manufacturing industry
As the second largest market for telecom services, India has recorded an envious annualized growth of about 20 per cent in the last decade and has thus far outstripped the overall economic growth in this period. [...]
VNL launches ResQMobil trailer with battery powered mast at ARTECH 2018
VNL successfully rounded up its participation at the Army Technology Seminar – ARTECH 2018 held on 8th January at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi. [...]
VNL at India-ASEAN ICT Expo 2017
VNL has wrapped up a very successful showcase at the India-ASEAN ICT Expo 2017 held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 6th – 7th December 2017. The focus of the Expo was on digital dreams of developing nations in the ASEAN region. At its exhibit VNL presented an array of connectivity solutions that can help Indonesia and other ASEAN countries including Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, in achieving their digital dreams. [...]
Data usage in VNL & BSNL’s sites @ Left Wing Extremism areas, reaches a record high
VNL and BSNL have been working in partnership to constantly bring a positive change in the lives of citizens of the LWE regions by empowering them with the benefits of connectivity. The objective is to slowly eliminate the digital divide by enabling e-Governance, Telemedicine, e-Education, e-Banking, e-Commerce via the solar powered telecom solutions which surpass challenges of impregnable terrains, poor infrastructure and extremism. Citizens are now more empowered and can be closely connected to the government and local authorities, which is further boosting the growth of the economy. [...]
AfricaCom 2017 – ConnectNow with Progress
With a vision to connecting underserved regions in Africa to a Bigger World, we exhibited our solutions at AfricaCom 2017 held in Cape Town, South Africa from 7th to 9th November. We are grateful for all the support we received from visitors and our clients and partners present at the event. [...]
Critical communications during earthquake recovery
The frequency of catastrophic earthquakes is skyrocketing. No sooner had Mexico City emerged from the frightening tragedy of Sep 20, 2017, where a 7.1 magnitude earthquake killed thousands in and around the city; another deadly earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 rocked the Iraqi border on Nov 13, 2017, eclipsing the one that hit Mexico City. [...]
VNL's ResQMobil well-received at the 3rd World Congress on Disaster Management, Vishakapatnam, 2017.
VNL’s ResQMobil just wrapped up another successful showcase of its suite of disaster management products at the 3rd World Congress on Disaster Management. With 100 experts from 60 countries coming together at the event, we got a chance to interact and discuss critical disaster management solutions with representatives from the government, international aid agencies, scientific and technical agencies as well as various NGOs working in the field of disaster management. [...]
Communication during disasters still remains a challenge after 9/11
Experts have long argued that more sophisticated , critical communication protocols could have prevented many of the devastating human and commercial losses that sustained at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. [...]
VNL rounds up another successful showcase for ResQMobil at NDRF, Ghaziabad
VNL’s recent participation at BIMSTEC DMEx-2017 held at the NDRF Grounds in Ghaziabad on 11thOctober was very well received by delegates and visitors. On display was the recently launched ResQMobil in addition to other products from our disaster management portfolio. [...]
VNL signs MoU with BSNL, launches ResQMobil at India Mobile Congress 2017
VNL’s participation at the India Mobile Congress 2017 along with BSNL saw a flurry of activity. The event that took place at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 27th – 29th September 2017, ended on a high note for us. Read along to find out more about the major highlights from the event. [...]
VNL launches ResQMobil
The world launch of ResQMobil, VNL’s portable emergency communication, search and rescue system took place at the India Mobile Congress 2017 today. Because public communication networks are the first casualty in most disasters, first-responders and public safety agencies need a dedicated communication system to be setup and deployed at the disaster site within hours, to minimize disaster impact. VNL’s ResQMobil is an integrated solution that can be made operational in less than an hour, providing Voice, Video & Data connectivity to the world. [...]
VNL and BSNL partner at the India Mobile Congress 2017
VNL is proud to announce its participation at the India Mobile Congress 2017, alongside BSNL, from 27th to 29th September at Pragati Maidan. We will be showcasing some of our ground-breaking solutions for Disaster Relief and Rural Connectivity. In light of the recent spate of natural disasters that have hit the world, our Disaster Management solutions have never been more relevant. [...]
Bridging the Divide
Indonesia is a widely spread archipelago of over 17000 islands which are home to 82,190 villages. Out of these almost 18,603 villages receive only weak network signals & 7,717 villages receive absolutely zero network coverage. VNL is helping bridge the divide between the connected and unconnected in the island country. The company has managed to successfully bring connectivity to 33 villages across the remote islands. And residents of these villages have just begun to discover the numerous benefits. [...]
In conversation with DD News on #DigitalIndia and #IndianTelecom
In a recent interview with DD News, Rajiv Mehrotra, Charmian, VNL gave several insights into the #DigitalIndia program, the scenario of the Indian telecom health and the policies that will set the course of the Indian telecom industry for the future. [...]
VNL at the Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2017 – It’s a wrap!
The Indo-Africa ICT Expo in Lagos, Nigeria has come to an end with VNL’s participation at the event turning out to be a resounding success. One of the main highlights of the event for us was being presented with the Indo-Africa ICT Award for the “Best wireless innovations for rural communication”. This re-affirms our belief in the mission to connect all rural geographies to a bigger world. We are grateful for all the support we have received from our clients and partners. [...]
VNL’s Chairman, Rajiv Mehrotra speaks on IoT at the IoT India Summit 2017
Telecom being a highly regulated industry, requires many reforms to foster the IoT. While the state and national departments are working on making this happen, Rajiv Mehrotra, Chairman, VNL, threw light on how to manage spectrum effectively in order to achieve IoT goals for #DigitalIndia. [...]
New Delhi to Lagos - O KM - #ZeroDistanceProject
To help eliminate distances between underserved geographies and development, the team at VNL is traveling the distance from New Delhi to Lagos, to participate in the Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2017. We are re-imagining the digital dream for Africa and will be showcasing our ground breaking Digital Village solutions for rural broadband and telephony that can change the face of connectivity across the continent. [...]
Changing the communication network for enterprises
Missing landline calls when you’re away from your desk? And experiencing network congestion, network dark spots, patchy coverage and call drops on your mobile? If these are some of the common problems your workforce faces every day, you need a 100% secure, private mobile network for your enterprise, which offers seamless integration with your fixed phone PBX. [...]
Are Telecom Universal Service Funds outdated?
Universal Service or Access Funds (which go by different names in different countries) are a mechanism by which a national regulatory authority mandates, oversees and/or coordinates a set of subsidies and fees designed to promote access to telecommunication services for all of a country's population. [...]
Simplifying access to healthcare with connectivity
Access to quality healthcare is always a challenge in rural areas. Villagers rarely get the benefit of quality doctors and clinics and hospitals with modern facilities unless they travel long distances. Residents of Karenda, a modest village in Alwar, Rajasthan, faced exactly this situation until recently. Because the nearest hospital is 50 kms away, the sick and elderly in the village had to travel a long way to get medical treatment, thereby losing precious money and time. [...]
The North-East gets a Voice
Ever since independence, the North-Eastern part of India has been neglected. Surrounded by foreign nations and connected to the mainland just by a thin land corridor, the Seven Sisters have lagged socio-economic development because of lack of infrastructure and connectivity. Plagued by difficult terrain including heavily forested areas and recurrent tribal insurgency, the sparse population in the North East has remained virtually isolated from the bigger world. [...]
USFs - Passive funds or active instruments of social change?
Telecom USFs have been around in many countries, but are a relatively new construct in some others, especially in emerging nations. Whether examined scholastically or by practitioners on the ground, there has been much debate about whether USFs are a workable idea to extend connectivity to those sections of society that need it most. [...]
Simplifying lives in Karenda with e-Governance
People living in urban areas are privileged, when it comes to accessing basic government services. Moreover, in the last few years, most of these services have been successfully ported online. Today, it is hard to imagine that one must travel 50 km for obtaining documents such as Aadhar cards, passports, or vehicle registration papers! Read VNL’s Position Paper on Digital Villages here. [...]
Thank You World, says Karenda
Two years ago, nobody in Karenda, a modest village in Rajasthan, would have believed that one day ministers and dignitaries from the across the world would be visiting their tiny village. The transformation of Karenda has been such that it has become an inspiring stopover for people from the world’s telecom fraternity, many of who make it a point to visit the village to experience how VNL’s Digital Village solution functions, first-hand. Read VNL’s Position Paper on Digital Villages here. [...]
Karenda’s e-Education experiment: letting students learn better
ICT-led development is one of India’s priorities and the government is going all out to improve digital connectivity everywhere. But is it enough and more importantly can this be achieved in time? Students in rural India continue to lose out on opportunities as the process of ensuring connectivity everywhere takes it own sweet time. But for Karenda, a smartDigital Village enabled by VNL, the change has already begun. Read along to know more [...]
Changing the face of Karenda.
At first sight, Karenda looks just like any other village; full of fresh air and happy people. However, on closer inspection, we see how digitization has taken the village to new heights. Since VNL set up Wi-Fi connectivity for the village in March 2015, there has been an influx of smartphone users and the number continues to grow. The benefits of access to the internet have been manifold, with the villagers taking advantage of better connectivity in all aspects of their lives. [...]
Towards a true cashless economy
It’s turning out that one of the most significant positive effects of the recent demonetization is the drive towards a digital economy. With necessity driving innovation, the volume of cashless transactions in India has increased dramatically—upto 1000% as per some estimates—since 8th November. Is this enough? Could we do more? What enablers need to be put in place for a steady and faster move towards a digital economy? How do we mitigate the problems faced by the common man as the transition continues? The debate continues to rage, and has occupied centre-stage in most media for the whole month. [...]
BSNL CMD talks about Connecting the Unconnected in LWE
10 states, 106 districts, 22,688 connected villages and 18 million connected citizens using 39 lakh mobile connections. That’s the impact of the 2199 green mobile towers that BSNL has set up in LWE affected states in record time, according to Mr Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL while speaking in a programme about connecting unconnected parts of India, on Economy Today on 7th December 2016. [...]
How do you make a happy nation happier?
Even as Bhutan opens itself cautiously to the rest of the world, one of the biggest challenges is to connect its hinterland. Daunting terrain and sparse population have always hindered infrastructural development in the interiors of the Happy Kingdom. [...]
Connectivity in LWE Region: Made in India
Recognizing that combating insurgency-hit areas in India’s Red Corridor must include the provision of a robust communication network as an important element of its strategy, the Ministry of Home Affairs decided to build a mobile phone network in the most-affected regions. These regions include some of the most hostile terrain in the country, with practically no roads, power or security. Against such imposing challenges, VNL has helped BSNL set up 2199 solar-powered mobile communication towers in a record time of 18 months, altering not just the geographical, but critically, the social landscape of the area. [...]
Domestic Manufacturers may lose out to Domestic ‘Importers’ if the government’s new PMA Policy is approved.
A storm is brewing for the last couple of months in the Indian telecom manufacturing industry because instead of encouraging import substitution, the Indian government has drafted a proposal which will make the playing field even more uneven, in favour of foreign electronic goods and services. Till now 30% of the total quota in government procurement of electronic productions (manufacturing) is reserved for domestic manufacturers, which will not be the case anymore. [...]
A Green Mobile Network in India’s Red Corridor
How do you set up mobile networks in areas affected by insurgency? Especially when there are no roads or electricity? Welcome to India’s Red Corridor, some of the most hostile terrain in the country, with practically no roads, power or security. Here, in the worst left-wing extremism (LWE) affected districts of Indian states, 1315 solar-powered mobile communication towers have been setup in a record time of less than a year. [...]
We agree - Needed, a policy to boost Indian R&D: ET Editorials
Telecom is hot right now. Interconnect, call-drops, TRAI, spectrum are all in the news. But perhaps it's time to take a step back and view the sector with a long-term perspective. That the sector will grow at breakneck pace is a no-brainer. But what about targeting self-sufficiency in this area? [...]
The world’s largest green mobile communication network is now live!
Can mobile towers light up lives, connect families, open doors to the world, provide livelihoods, and make lives easier? Yes, they can! Here’s the story of how, quietly but surely, the first major milestone of the Prime Minister’s Digital India Mission has taken wing, with a mobile phone network now connecting regions worst affected by Left-Wing extremism. [...]
Union Budget: Rural thrust for inclusive growth - Vision fulfillment with Broadband Access
It is encouraging to see that the Union Budget 2016-17 has its greatest emphasis on rural economy. The special thrust on Rural India, reinforces the Government’s commitment to focus on equitable growth areas in urban and rural sectors. [...]
Making Digital India a reality – Connecting remote villages with solar-powered Wi-Fi
Karenda, a Rajasthan village situated 80 kms from Delhi, doesn’t have access to electricity. However, children in this remote village have access to world-class education facilities in the form of a smart classroom – much to the delight of the over-enthused students. The system, enabled by VNL’s path-breaking technology, runs on Wi-Fi connectivity powered by solar energy at the roof of the school building. [...]
VNL Participates in India Telecom 2016, 7th Reverse Buyer Seller Meet
2015 was an eventful year for VNL, as we rolled out the world’s largest completely solar-powered GSM Network in India for unconnected and under-served rural locations. And now, we’re all set to be a part of the 7th Reverse Buyer Seller Meet on February 12th – 13th 2016, being organized at Ball Room, Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, 19 Ashoka Road, New Delhi. [...]
Connecting villages in Bhutan for B-Mobile
the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan the breathtaking beauty of its mountains is also its biggest challenge when it comes to creating infrastructure for telecom. Bhutan Telecom Limited (BTL) is the leading provider of telecommunications and internet services in Bhutan. [...]
The power of mobile phones
“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”. [...]
ITU–VNL partnership project in TashiCell Bhutan network at Chamgang
Bhutan’s first private mobile company Tashi InfoComm Limited (TICL) – popularly known as TashiCell – has selected VNL’s WorldGSM™ solution to connect remote communities in the Himalayan Kingdom. [...]
WorldGSM™ for Micronesia GSM network in the West Pacific Ocean
Another long journey for VNL – over 8000 kilometers east of India – took us to the middle of the western Pacific Ocean to the Federated States of Micronesia where local operator FSMTC (Federated States of Micronesia Telecommunications Corporation) has selected VNL’s WorldGSM™ solution for GSM connectivity at locations on the islands of Pohnpei and Yap. [...]
Wrap Up of Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Spain February 27 – March 1, 2012.
The world’s largest industry defining B2B event in telecommunications attracted over 67,000 attendees this year. [...]
VNL Participates at Mobile World Congress 2012
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. [...]