Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation, USA, a leading open-access fiber network transport provider has announced the launch of a wireless broadband pilot project in Town of Halifax, Virginia, USA, using VNL’s solar powered Wi-Fi solution.
The historic county seat of Town of Halifax has been admired for its rich heritage of handsome houses, churches, and lush landscaping for over a century. The community there is preparing for a sustainable future which in their own words reflects “small town charm, relaxed rural retreat, wired to the world”. There is a major focus on revitalization and planning for economic growth in harmony with the natural surroundings. MBC found VNL’s sustainable WorldGSM solution – compact, unobtrusive, solar-powered, and delivering wireless broadband - ideal for this context.
MBC is keen on evaluating the possibilities of this technology for deployment on a larger scale in hard to reach rural and remote locations of the United States.
Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Introduces “Green” Wi-Fi to Southern Virginia
Solar Powered Wireless Pilot Project Lands in Town of Halifax
South Boston, VA – February 14, 2014 – Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC), a successful wholesale open-access fiber network transport provider, announced today the launch of a wireless broadband pilot project in the Town of Halifax, Virginia to test the capability of Vihaan Networks Limited (VNL) solar powered Wi-Fi equipment to provide wireless broadband access throughout the town.
MBC, in conjunction with Wireless ISP Gamewood Technologies Group, launched this pilot project to test the coverage, speed and functionality of a unique wireless rural broadband access equipment and evaluate the technology for wider deployment in rural, unserved communities.
VNL, a hi-tech company headquartered in India, has partnered with MBC for a new approach to delivering low-cost, GSM and high speed broadband to unserved rural areas across the globe. The Halifax project incorporates VNL’s unique WorldGSMTM Rural Site and Village Site solutions, which utilize solar power to run the wireless network. The wireless system is connected to MBC’s open-access fiber optic transport network that provides dedicated connectivity from the solar powered base station to Gamewood’s Internet Network.
“We are delighted to partner with MBC and Gamewood to deliver wireless broadband access in the Town of Halifax, Virginia, USA. This historic and scenic town is such a contrast to the harsh topography of remote areas of Asia, Africa and Latin America, where VNL has deployed GSM and broadband networks. That’s the beauty of a simple, sustainable solution like WorldGSM – it fits in fine, anywhere. Compact and green, it’s showing the way to deliver cost-effective access to unserved communities” said Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder Chairman and CEO of VNL.
Carl Espy, Halifax Town Manager said, “Downtown businesses and visitors to the historic County Seat were accustomed to free Wi-Fi when Pure Internet/Kinex offered the service until the company closed its office 2 years ago. MBC and Gamewood Technologies have provided their wireless expertise, allowing our community to once again possess an enhanced technology which improves the overall business climate and quality of life we seek as part of the town’s ongoing revitalization.”
“Gamewood Technology Group, Inc. is pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Town and County of Halifax, MBC and VNL to bring these wireless services to the area. We look forward to building on this partnership and seeing how this pilot project can be used by the area residents and businesses successfully” said Ed Wilborne, Chief Information Officer of Gamewood.
“Bridging the Digital Divide is a critical piece of our mission,” said Tad Deriso, President & CEO of MBC. “We continue to try new things to enable ISP’s to expand their last-mile reach. We believe a solar-powered wireless broadband platform can be a benefit to continue expansion of low-cost wireless broadband services in hard to reach, rural areas of Southern Virginia.”
About Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities
Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities (MBC) is a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization, committed to providing economic development leadership to southern Virginia. MBC promotes economic development in southern Virginia through the operation of a successful advanced open access fiber optic network, providing wholesale telecommunications transport services, colocation and tower leasing. Since its inception in 2004 and by offering a state-of-the art fiber optic network, MBC has supported the recruitment of major investments including data centers, call center/operations centers, advanced manufacturing, research and development, and bio-tech industries. For more information, visit www.mbc-va.com.
About Vihaan Networks Limited (VNL)
Vihaan Networks Limited (VNL) is a global pioneer in rural telecommunications with the award winning WorldGSMTM - a sustainable GSM and broadband solution, which helps mobile operators provide affordable access to unserved communities. For more on VNL please visit www.vnl.in
Futurecom is the largest telecom conference and trade show in South America, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil every Autumn, bringing over 15,000 attendees from over 40 countries. This year, VNL hosted a 150 sqm booth located at B10.
At the show, we announced that we were actively looking for both resellers and manufacturing partners. As a company focused on being green and socially responsible, VNL is looking to manufacture or source most of the components locally that are not part of our core business, and our mission is to create these jobs locally with local partners. Some of our staff were able to tour different local factories (enjoying a delicious lunch of spicy pan-fried crocodile during one road trip!) to ascertain the capabilities of potential partners. This is a critically important goal for VNL. Shipping steel to the farthest corners of the planet from India, while feasible, is not the most green or socially responsible methodology available. Our business model is to do good while building a profitable business, and our business is low power GSM and broadband for rural areas.
The introduction of broadband to our offering caused a stir with local operators. Many were incredulous when they saw the technology at the booth and were inspired to get started. They immediately understood how VNL’s WorldGSM™ technology could impact the rural areas of their countries and were eager to learn more.
Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL was interviewed by Telesemana where he discussed why VNL was entering the Latin America market and the synergies between India and Brazil. He also presented “Using Solar Power to Deploy Networks in Low Economy Rural Areas” which was well attended by operators, press and analysts.
“WiMax is still a niche technology and limited to enterprise and high-end residential users in urban India.”
Research firm Gartner Group says WiMax will remain a niche technology, and predicts that India will only have 6.9 million mobile and fixed WiMax connections by the end of 2011.
So far, India has only 3.4 million broadband subscribers (Jan 2008) – less than half of the 9 million target, says Gartner’s principal research analyst Naresh Singh.
“The rollout of mobile WiMax in India is not clear, but service providers here appear to be taking 3G more seriously than WiMax at the moment.”
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