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13 Oct

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. [...]

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11 Oct

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. [...]

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05 Oct

VNL launches ResQMobil

By: Namit
Oct 05, 2017

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. [...]

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27 Sep

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. [...]

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21 Sep

Bridging the Divide

By: Chandni Goel
Sep 21, 2017

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. [...]

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21 Sep

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. [...]

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14 Sep

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. [...]

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06 Sep

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. [...]

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04 Sep

New Delhi to Lagos - O KM - #ZeroDistanceProject

By: Chandni Goel
Sep 04, 2017

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. [...]

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25 Jul

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. [...]

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17 May

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. [...]

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10 May

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. [...]

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03 May

The North-East gets a Voice

By: Chandni Goel
May 03, 2017

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. [...]

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30 Mar

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. [...]

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23 Mar

Simplifying lives in Karenda with e-Governance

By: Chandni Goel
Mar 23, 2017

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. [...]

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27 Feb

Thank You World, says Karenda

By: Chandni Goel
Feb 27, 2017

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. [...]

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24 Feb

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 [...]

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08 Feb

Changing the face of Karenda.

By: VNL
Feb 08, 2017

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. [...]

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16 Dec

Towards a true cashless economy

By: Namit
Dec 16, 2016

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. [...]

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08 Dec

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. [...]

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23 Nov

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. [...]

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08 Nov

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. [...]

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27 Oct

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. [...]

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22 Sep

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. [...]

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21 Sep

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? [...]

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12 Sep

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. [...]

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03 Mar

Union Budget: Rural thrust for inclusive growth - Vision fulfillment with Broadband Access

By: Sanjeev Kakkar ,Chief Strategy Officer (Vihaan Networks Ltd)
Mar 03, 2016

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. [...]

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19 Feb

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. [...]

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05 Feb

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. [...]

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28 Oct

VNL @ India-Africa Forum Summit 2015

By: admin
Oct 28, 2015

We are pleased to announce our participation at the India-Africa Forum Summit, 2015, being organized at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium Velodrome , New Delhi, India, from October 27 – 29, 2015. [...]

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05 May

Team VNL is proud to be associated with Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) for the launch of their commercial service in Benin. [...]

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25 Apr

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. [...]

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25 Apr

The power of mobile phones

By: admin
Apr 25, 2014

“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”. [...]

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23 Apr

VNL has successfully completed trials of its solar powered WorldGSM™ rural GSM solution for MTN Ghana at two remote village locations, Zinido and Dakpiemyli in the Tamale region of Northern Ghana in June 2013. [...]

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16 Apr

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. [...]

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15 Apr

The gleaming Yangon – Naypyidaw-Mandalay highway is a powerful symbol of Myanmar’s new dynamism and economic transformation. [...]

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03 Mar

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. [...]

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28 Feb

Rollouts are underway for deploying 86 GSM sites for Entel S.A.,Bolivia’s state-run telecom operator under the Cobertura Movil Rural (Rural Mobile Coverage – CMR) project. [...]

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12 Mar

The world’s largest industry defining B2B event in telecommunications attracted over 67,000 attendees this year. [...]

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23 Feb

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. [...]

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