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Meet some of the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers — and the innovations they are bringing to market

About half the world’s population lives in rural areas, and half of them — about 1.6 billion people — do so without electricity. How do you connect them to the rest of the planet when the average mobile-telephone base station requires 3,000 watts of power to run? “We re-engineered the entire GSM,” says Rajiv Mehrotra, CEO of an Indian telecom company, VNL, whose low-cost, voice-only, solar-powered base stations will go to market next year in India, Africa and Southeast Asia.

Read more on the Time Magazine web site: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1948486_1948485_1948477,00.html

Facts & Figures

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

- Juniper Research