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. Deprived citizens, almost living on the edge of poverty now have a window to the rest of the world, as they start using mobile phones to connect with families, employers, doctors, local bureaucrats and politicians. Connectivity improves productivity through better education, access to agricultural inputs and markets, finance and banking, and opens avenues for small businesses, putting them on the path to progress. Just how much integration and social change this investment will bring about can only be measured rightfully in the years to come. [...]
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. [...]
VNL teams up with Gilat for Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) in Benin
Team VNL is proud to be associated with Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) for the launch of their commercial service in Benin. [...]
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. [...]