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WorldGSM™ for Micronesia GSM network in the West Pacific Ocean

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Mar 03, 2014

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.

The island nation of The Federated States of Micronesia consists of four states Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae spread across the Western Pacific Ocean. Together they comprise around 607 islands with a combined area of 702sq.km. They lie northeast of New Guinea, south of Guam and the Marianas, west of Nauru and the Marshall Islands, east of Palau and the Philippines, about 2,900 km north of eastern Australia and some 4,000 km southwest of the main islands of Hawaii.

The Federated States of Micronesia Telecommunications Corporation (FSMTC) Headquarters in Pohnpei. The sole telecom operator in Micronesia (population 1,40,000) , FSMTC has 20,000 mobile subscribers.

Scenes from Pohnpei (population 35,000).

FSMTC COO Fredy S. Perman ( 4th from left in white shirt) and Technical Head Joseph Johnny – Manager Plant and Engg.(second row in gray T shirt) and other members of the FSMTC team with VNL’s Vikas Tyagi (centre in yellow t-shirt)

A view of the sea close to the Joe Site, in the south east part of Pohnpei.

Dirt track on the approach to Joe Site.

Joe Site, Pohnpei – VNL’s first ever installation in Micronesia. The 2 TRX VNL WorldGSMTM Rural BTS with 2 omni antennas sits atop a 55 meter high tower. FSMTC has 48 BTS sites across 4 islands.

Joe Site,Pohnpei : VNL WorldGSM TMbattery bank and CCU at the base of the site. It rains 4 days a week in Pohnpei so a tin sheet cover is a must.

View of the FSMTC NOC in Pohnpei.

VNL BSC in Pohnpei

Mission accomplished: Vikas Tyagi of VNL enjoys the local flavor of Unicorn fish after the Joe Site and South East Remote site go live.

Facts & Figures

“Mobile Network viability in developing markets is threatened by +50% rise in electricity generation costs by 2014”

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