ITU Telecom World 2009 Wrap Up
VNL, a pioneer in green telecom solutions, sponsored the Green@ICT Pavilion at ITU Telecom World, held at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, from October 5 – 9, 2009. The Green Pavilion provided a unique environment, showcasing products and solutions that are driving the Green@ICT agenda forward.
VNL’s exhibition space featured a wall mural showcasing a live deployment of the WorldGSM™ solar powered base station in Rajasthan, India
VNL’s solar-powered WorldGSM™ base station was a crowd pleaser, as attendees from five continents visited the booth. VNL’s exhibit space introduced heads of state, ministers, and mobile network operators to the world’s first completely solar-powered WorldGSM™ solution, specifically made for rural areas with ARPUs of less than $2. WorldGSM™ is the first commercially viable GSM system that is independent of the power grid. It runs exclusively on solar power and requires no diesel generator backup. It is also designed for simple delivery and deployment by local, untrained people – all resulting in zero opex, dramatically lower capex, and near zero maintenance. Featured in the booth was a copy of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Wireless Innovation and Overall Bronze Award given to VNL’s WorldGSM™ as part of their 2009 Technology Innovation Awards (LINK TO WSJ]. WorldGSM™ has also won the “Best Technology Foresight” category at last year’s World Communications Awards and was runner up in the “Green Network Hardware and Infrastructure” category at the 2009 CTIA Wireless E-Tech Awards.
Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL with WorldGSM™ base station
At the conference, Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman and CEO of VNL, was a panel participant at the Green@ICT Forum discussing solar telecom and its impact, enabling human prosperity in remote areas and rural villages through the use of clean and affordable energy. During the panel, Mr. Mehrotra stated, “With its virtually limitless supply, solar power has the potential to extend and power a mobile operator’s network affordably, even in the most remote corners of our planet.” Learn how VNL’s WorldGSM™ system can do this today.
Rajiv Mehrotra attends the Official Joint Opening Forum and Heads of State Contributions
Rajiv Mehrotra was also the presenter at VNL’s press conference on Tuesday, where he announced that VNL was now deployed in 50 villages in India, and planned to be deployed on three continents by the end of the year. When answering questions about the company’s plans for Africa, Mr. Mehrotra answered that VNL intended to work closely with African operators, and were in talks with most of them already. Recently, VNL had announced commercial availability in Asia at a press conference at CommunicAsia, and in Latin America at Americas Com.
VNL intends to work closely with African operators to deploy solar powered WorldGSM™ by the end of the year
The next billion subscribers will be coming from rural populations, away from saturated urban markets. VNL is changing the DNA of rural telecom by providing commercially viable new building blocks that will transform the way you build your networks in the future. If you missed ITU Telecom World, you can still see WorldGSM™ for yourself before 2009 ends. VNL will be exhibiting its solar powered base station at North Africa Com in Cairo, October 27 & 28, 2009 and at Africa Com in Cape Town, South Africa, November 11 & 12, 2009.