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Wrap Up of CommunicAsia 2011 5 Jul, 2011

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More than 56,000 industry visitors, conference speakers and delegates, exhibiting staff and media from around the world attended CommunicAsia 2011 between 21 – 24 June. Occupying three levels of the Marina Bay Sands Exhibition Centre in Singapore, CommunicAsia featured a myriad of key and emerging technologies from backhaul networks and systems integration to software and applications.

VNL’s booth at #1H2-01 was one of the largest and most visible on Level One. Taking up 180 sqm, VNL’s booth showcased an actual Village Site deployment configuration in the VNL booth. New to Asia was the introduction of broadband as part of the WorldGSM™ solution available now for rural areas running exclusively on solar power.

Visitors were also able to see a live commercial deployment in Bhutan illustrating VNL’s optional seven-day backup configuration that stores even more energy for powering the system in foggy and cloudy conditions.

Also at the booth, visitors enjoyed learning more about our deployments in villages in Rajasthan, India.
VNL was very pleased to have ministers from many countries visit our booth to discuss their challenges with deploying projects in rural areas in their countries. N.K. Mohapatra, Head of Sales for the APAC Region, presented to members of the Telecom Ministry of Vietnam.

Also visiting our booth were members of the Telecom Ministry in Qatar.

Over the four days, more than 250 industry luminaries addressed pertinent issues and challenges affecting the ICT industry. These knowledge-sharing opportunities provided conference attendees with invaluable opportunities to network with industry experts and thought leaders from across Asia and the rest of the world. Rajiv Mehrotra, VNL’s Founder, Chairman & CEO, was very busy presenting. On Day Two of the show, he presented the program, “Strategies for Handling the Drastic Increases in Data Transmission Demand”. This program reviewed the growth of data demand and forecasts, and showcased many of the strategies currently being deployed to address the issue. He presented the pros and cons of different technologies, network architectures, and deployment strategies.

During Day Three, Mr. Mehrotra also presented, “The Real Winner – GSM + Wi-Fi” which discussed their ubiquitous nature and how the future will look based on these two technologies. Part of the presentation was centered on how Wi-Fi is built-in to nearly 100% of devices, and that for the majority of users, this will be more than adequate for future growth. He also showcased a solar powered internet kiosk in use in schools in Rajasthan, India, that connected children to the global village. He stated that, even now in the villages, he has seen dramatic use of both voice and data:“The villagers cannot read and write. They can only speak to communicate. Instead of walking ten kilometers, they can now make a simple phone call. This is quite a valuable thing to some rural areas where people must focus on basic daily living activities like gathering water and firewood, farming and herding.”

When asked about data usage and whether anyone in rural areas would ever feel the need for data, Rajiv responded:“We were initially surprised at the volumes of data consumed. Children are downloading infotainment, finding information for their parents. It’s making families closer. Parents become dependent on their children to access the world.”

Following that, he participated in a panel discussion on “Real World Deployments”, along with other equipment manufacturers and operators, discussing the perils and pitfalls of different deployment strategies, what worked, what didn’t and how to plan better, more efficient and robust networks across Asia.

For more information, visit www.vnl.in or contact VNL’s PR representative Bridget Fishleigh +44 7946 342 903, bridget@nomadcomms.com

Green Revolution: Vendors Push Low-Energy Gear 23 Jun, 2009

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The green theme has taken center stage this week, with vendors stepping up to showcase their low-energy and clean tech credentials.

Leading the charge is Indian vendor VNL, which yesterday launched what it claims is the world’s first 100% solar-powered GSM base station designed specifically for off-grid remote areas. VNL chairman and CEO Rajiv Mehrotra told Show Daily that its WorldGSM(tm) BTS requires almost no opex. The solar panels, which have a life expectancy of 20 years, need to be dusted once a week in most areas.

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Meet VNL at CommunicAsia, Singapore: June 16 – 19, 2009 30 Apr, 2009

Each year in early summer, Asia greets mobile network operators at CommunicAsia. This conference and exhibition will be held at the Singapore Expo from June 16 -19, 2009.

Our participation this year is quite special as we will showcase our award-winning WorldGSM™ system - the solar powered GSM system 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 workers – all resulting in zero opex, dramatically lower capex, and near zero maintenance.

The bottom line is that mobile operators now have a way to provide mobile services to rural communities in the developing world – and still turn a profit. WorldGSM also opens up a new microtelecom business model – involving microfinance – where operators can partner with local entrepreneurs to accelerate deployment and reduce costs still further.

If you’re a mobile operator, you are well aware that the next billion subscribers will be coming from rural populations, away from saturated urban markets. So if you’re planning to visit CommunicAsia in Singapore, save half an hour for us. 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.

Visit us in Hall 4, at Booth 4D2-07.

Also visit VNL at:

  • 17-18 June, 2009: West & Central AfricaCom, Abuja Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria
  • 30 June – 1 July, 2009: AmericasCom, Hotel Windsor Barra, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
  • Oct 27-28, 2009: North AfricaCom, JW Marriot Hotel, Cairo, Egypt
  • Nov 11-12, 2009: AfricaCom, Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Dec 3-5, 2009: India Telecom 2009, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India

ABOUT VNL

VNL (www.vnl.in) 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 Chairman and founder, 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.

For more information, visit the company website at www.vnl.in or contact VNL’s PR representative Bridget Fishleigh (+44 7946 342 903, bridget@nomadcomms.com or Skype: bridgetfishleigh).

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Meet VNL at CommunicAsia, Singapore: June 16 – 19, 2009

Each year in early summer, Asia greets mobile network operators at CommunicAsia. This conference and exhibition will be held at the Singapore Expo from June 16 -19, 2009.

Our participation this year is quite special as we will showcase our award-winning WorldGSM™ system - the solar powered GSM system 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 workers – all resulting in zero opex, dramatically lower capex, and near zero maintenance.

The bottom line is that mobile operators now have a way to provide mobile services to rural communities in the developing world – and still turn a profit. WorldGSM also opens up a new microtelecom business model – involving microfinance – where operators can partner with local entrepreneurs to accelerate deployment and reduce costs still further.

If you’re a mobile operator, you are well aware that the next billion subscribers will be coming from rural populations, away from saturated urban markets. So if you’re planning to visit CommunicAsia in Singapore, save half an hour for us. 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.

Visit us in Hall 4, at Booth 4D2-07.

Also visit VNL at:

  • 17-18 June, 2009: West & Central AfricaCom, Abuja Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria
  • 30 June – 1 July, 2009: AmericasCom, Hotel Windsor Barra, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
  • Oct 27-28, 2009: North AfricaCom, JW Marriot Hotel, Cairo, Egypt
  • Nov 11-12, 2009: AfricaCom, Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Dec 3-5, 2009: India Telecom 2009, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India