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The power of mobile phones 16 Mar, 2012

The Power of Mobile Phones in Rural World by VNL

“I feel like I’m human now, not cut-off from my world, no longer isolated” were the words of Ram Kishan, in a village of Alwar district ,commenting on the power of his mobile phone, in an interview for the ITU-UN film “ICT’s for a Better Future”. His village was connected to the BSNL Rajasthan network through VNL’s solar powered GSM and Broadband solution as part of a pilot project for India’s USO Fund. You can see the film clip of Ram Kishan’s village and VNL’s solar powered WorldGSM™ base station here:

Mobile phones are driving economic growth in the developing world. But that’s not all – networks in developing countries also have valuable lessons to offer the West. Read more in this interesting article by Suzie Christodulu in cellular-news.

VNL at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain: February 15 – 18, 2010 12 Jan, 2010

VNL announces its participation at Mobile World Congress 2010. This conference and exhibition will be held at the Fira de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain from February 15th through 18th, 2010.

VNL’s participation this year will update mobile network operators on the progress made since last year in deploying their 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.

Mobile operators now have a way to provide mobile voice and data services to rural communities in the developing world and still turn a profit. WorldGSM also opens up a new microtelecom business model where operators can partner with local entrepreneurs to accelerate deployment and reduce costs still further.

The next billion subscribers will be coming from rural populations, away from saturated urban markets. So if you’re planning to visit Mobile World Congress 2010 at the Fira de Barcelona in Barcelona, stop by VNL’s booth and see the future of rural wireless telephony. 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 Booth 2B33 to learn more.

Click here to see the map.

Also Visit VNL at:

  • April 28-29, 2010: East Africa Com in Nairobi, Kenya – booth # 31
  • November 10-11, 2010: Africa Com in Cape Town, South Africa – booth # B01-B06

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).

PRESS RELEASE: Sistema Appoints Rajiv Mehrotra to its Board of Directors During Annual General Meeting of Shareholders 1 Jul, 2009

New Delhi, India – July 1, 2009: VNL today announced the appointment of Rajiv Mehrotra, Chairman, Founder and CEO of VNL, to the Board of Directors of Sistema (LSE: SSA), the largest diversified public financial corporation in Russia and the CIS, which manages large companies operating in different industries. The appointment was confirmed at their Annual General Meeting of shareholders on June 27, 2009.

The shareholders approved the election of three new members to the Board of Directors: Rajiv Mehrotra, member of the Board of Directors of Sistema Shyam Teleservices, Leonid Melamed, President and CEO of Sistema, and Robert Kocharyan, an independent director. The Board of Directors now comprises four independent non-executive directors and consists of 13 members.

“This is indeed a privilege. I see this as an opportunity to take the dynamism of our experience in India to our partners abroad and I look forward to contributing immensely to Sistema’s huge telecom business across the world,” Mehrotra said, “I look forward to exciting times ahead.”

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.

ABOUT SISTEMA
Sistema is the largest public diversified financial corporation in Russia and the CIS, which manages companies serving over 100 million customers in the sectors of telecommunications, high-tech, oil and energy, radio and aerospace, banking, real estate, retail, mass-media, tourism and healthcare services. Founded in 1993, the company reported revenues of US$ 16.7 billion and US$ 2.8 billion for the full year 2008 and the first quarter of 2009 respectively, and total assets of US$ 27.1 billion as at March 31, 2009. Sistema’s shares are listed under the symbol “SSA” on the London Stock Exchange, under the symbol “AFKS” on the Russian Trading System (RTS), under the symbol “AFKC” on the Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange (MICEX), and under the symbol “SIST” on the Moscow Stock Exchange (MSE).

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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