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Making Digital India a reality – Connecting remote villages with solar-powered Wi-Fi

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Feb 19, 2016

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.

Ever since the launch of the project in March 2015, the village with a population of just about 2000 people, has been enjoying free Wi-Fi access via BSNL. A 70-foot high tower equipped with a radio that receives broadband signals at the speed of 100 MBps, is responsible for this phenomenon. The tower is powered by six solar panels, which when fully charged, deliver uninterrupted Wi-Fi access for three days straight. Laying down a fiber-optic cable, the next best alternative, would prove to be immensely expensive and impractical owing to the terrain.

Where once there was little use of the 2G feature phones’ keypad, the village has seen a spurt of smartphones, laptops and desktops being purchased. The village today has 450 registered users, and the numbers are all set to grow!

Business Standard recently covered this phenomenal achievement in their February 2016 edition. To read more, please Click Here

 
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