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VNL Named Technology Pioneer 2010 by World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers 2010 Geneva, Switzerland: The World Economic Forum announced today the 2010 Technology Pioneers. VNL was named as one of only 26 companies world wide to receive this prestigious award. The selection showcases the most innovative start-ups that will have a critical impact on the future of business and society. Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL will join the World Economic Forum community during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2010 in January at Davos.

Technology Pioneers are nominated by Forum members and partners, technology experts, venture capital firms, technology incubators, entrepreneurs, innovators, current Technology Pioneers and alumni and the Selection Advisory Committee, an external group of technology experts in specific fields. Short-listed nominees are evaluated by an external selection advisory committee comprised of technology experts within the specific fields.

Rajiv Mehrotra said:

“VNL’s solar powered WorldGSM telecom equipment is already changing the lives of people in a very substantial way. Villagers are making their first phone calls. We are showing the telecom industry that there is another way to reach rural networks profitably. I am proud of the work VNL has done to re-engineer GSM for rural populations. While there are more challenges to face, this validation proves that we are on the right track to make history.”

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Feb 15-18, 2010: Mobile World Congress 2010, Fira de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain


VNL ( is substantially changing the way operators will build networks in the future. As the innovator of zero opex networks and the pioneer of microtelecom, their simple to install solar powered cellular base stations help mobile operators maximize their profit margins by reaching rural markets profitably. The management team includes telecom industry veterans with vast experience in bringing products and services to entirely new markets. Its Founder, Chairman & CEO, Rajiv Mehrotra, started the Shyam Group of companies and established some of the earliest GSM, CDMA and fixed networks in India serving millions of people today.

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