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VNL Participates at Mobile World Congress 2011 14 Jan, 2011

VNL announces its participation again at GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 14th – 17th, 2011.

VNL’s participation will announce the addition of broadband services as part of their award-winning WorldGSM™ solution worldwide - the solar powered GSM network infrastructure equipment 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 next billion subscribers will be coming from rural populations, away from saturated urban markets. If you’re planning on visiting Mobile World Congress 2011, 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 #2B47 to learn more.

Also Visit VNL at:

  • June 21 – 24, 2011: CommunicAsia in Singapore, booth # 1H2-01

Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL with Global Mobile Award for Best Green Programme Product or Initiative 17 Feb, 2010

Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL with Global Mobile Award for  Best Green Programme Product or Initiative

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Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL with Global Mobile Award for Best Green Programme Product or Initiative

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“Green Power for Mobile” Initiative – Good News for Off-Grid Telecom 29 Sep, 2008

GSMA’s latest initiative pushes for the use of renewable energy sources for mobile networks.

The target is to have 100,000+ off-grid base stations deployed by 2012. As a regular reader of the VNL blog, you should be quite familiar with the large power and fuel challenge that mobile operators face.

Energy prices are soaring, while ARPU’s are dropping. The solution to these issues is to focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

With this in mind, GSMA’s effort is both very timely and highly relevant. The explosive growth in the mobile industry must be managed responsibly to avoid an enormous negative environmental impact. Especially in countries like India where more than 9 million new users are added every month and base stations are being deployed quicker than suppliers of diesel generators can deliver. In May this year, Bharti Airtel (one of the largest mobile operators in India), claimed they were adding almost 3,000 new base station sites every month.

Pushing for the usage of renewable energy sources for mobile networks not only has the potential of reducing air pollution and mobile operators’ operating costs – because of the huge scale of the mobile industry, it can impact the whole renewable energy field; providing a live testing ground for new innovations in solar and wind power.

We applaud GSMA’s initiative. But beyond their project’s focus on renewable energy is a required re-thinking of mobile infrastructure technology – the area where VNL is singularly focused.

The next billion mobile users will come from rural areas, and to roll out mobile networks here is a unique challenge. It’s not only about using solar or wind power. And it won’t do to simply attach a large solar array to existing mobile infrastructure, since the energy requirement and cost per site simply prevents the solution from scaling. And the idea of burning a matter – be it diesel or cooking oil, or a mixture of both – to extract power is not sustainable in the long run. We’ve earlier argued against biofuels, and remain firm in our stance.

Off grid telecom, or “microtelecom” in VNL lingo, consists of four key ingredients:

  1. Low power (no more than a lightbulb, which makes solar power viable)
  2. Low cost (no more than a simple tractor, per site)
  3. Dead simple installation (so local labourers can do the job)
  4. A business model that scales

With WorldGSM™ – VNL’s solar powered GSM system – all these ingredients are present. The combination allows mobile operators to finally provide mobile services to rural areas.

Profitably so. And responsibly so.

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