Operators and vendors revealed the different ways they are working to lower the cost of power, which, according to Rajiv Mehotra, chairman of Indian telecom equipment vendor Vihaan Networks Ltd. (VNL), accounts for 32 percent of an operator’s operating costs.
According to Christian de Faria, vice president for West & Central Africa at MTN Group, the slowdown in the subregion “is still not too acute,” and the Nigerian market is still growing very fast. But there is nevertheless some evidence of a slowdown: Minutes of use, rather than subscription numbers, are falling, with airtime consumption in some countries down 10-15% year-on-year, according to de Faria. In some cases, it is also more difficult to obtain finance.
Rajiv Mehrotra speaks on advantages of solar-powered GSM base stations for rural networks.
Hear VNL’s CEO Anil Raj’s conversation with Kamla Bhatt about VNL’s mission - to help mobile operators serve rural markets profitably.
The contents of the podcast, in the words of Kamla, centers around the rural market opportunity, VNL’s solar powered GSM system WorldGSM™ and microtelecom:
“How do you serve the next billion is the the central focus of conversation in many telecom companies. How do you address the bottom of the pyramid in emerging and developing economies? I caught up with Anil Raj of VNL, an Indian-Swedish telecom company that recently introduced a new product: solar based GSM -system that appears to clearly address the needs and challenges in rolling out mobile infrastructure into rural areas. VNL uses the term microtelecom to address the needs of the bottom of the pyramid.”
Anil also expands on mobile market trends such as the mobile phone becoming increasingly important in many areas of life - from a portable telephone to a remote control for life, and from “how are you?” to “where are you?”.
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