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VNL Shortlisted in the m-Business & Commerce Category for the 2010 South Asia mBillionth Award

VNL has been shortlisted in the m-Business & Commerce category for the 2010 mBillionth award sponsored by the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF).

The award has been instituted for projects that best fulfill the category criteria, which is the use of mobile and complementing applications and embedded services for support and optimization of business processes; creation of new business models in commerce like m-commerce, business to business, business to consumers, internet security and other areas; supporting small and medium enterprises in the marketplace, m-Banking like banking services, microfinance and micro-banking through mobile devices, etc.

The mBillionth Committee chose VNL’s WorldGSM® from over 200 nominations that were received. The nominations came from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and the Maldives.

The awards Grand Jury met in Colombo, Sri Lanka on June 11th and 12th to choose the final winners. Their names will be announced at the Inter Continental Hotel, Nehru Place in New Delhi, India on July 23, 2010.

About the mBillionth Award ( mBillionth Award honours the potential of the mobile sector across South Asia. These phones and mobile gadgets can now do anything from allowing physicians to review patient records on-the-go, to alerting drivers in any city of nearby parking spaces while looking for a spot, in addition to the texting, surfing and calling capabilities of many of today’s phones.

The mBillionth Award South Asia 2010 is first of its kind in the region recognising and facilitating mobile innovations, applications and content services delivery. It is to honour excellence in mobile communications across South Asia spread over nine core categories. The mBillionth Award is South Asia’s leading mobile content award aimed at a larger, regional mobile congress in media and policy advocacy.

About Digital Empowerment Foundation ( The Digital Empowerment Foundation is a Delhi based not-for-profit organization that seeks to find solutions to bridge the digital divide. With no political affiliations, it was founded by Osama Manzar to uplift the downtrodden and to create economic and commercial viability using Information Communication and Technology as means.

DEF’s mission is to see widespread development, use, promotion, and accessibility of affordable digital content based on cultural specifics or language necessities. The mission is to enable communities to be aware and conscious of the utility and necessity of using ICT for their empowerment.

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