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Wrap Up of Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, Spain 21 Feb, 2011

The world’s largest GSM conference and expo attracted even more exhibitors and visitors than last year. The show received a staggering increase in attendance and that resulted in even more numbers of attendees visiting our booth.

View of Booth from Hall 2 Entrance at Mobile World Congress 2011
View of Booth from Hall 2 Entrance at Mobile World Congress 2011

VNL’s booth at #2B47, along with Shyam Telecom and Shyam Networks across the aisle at #2B33, were the largest and most visible in Hall 2. Taking up 234 sqm in total, VNL’s booth showcased an actual Village Site deployment configuration in the VNL booth.

VNL's booth at Mobile World Congress 2011.
VNL’s booth at Mobile World Congress 2011.

Solar and other alternative energy-based solutions were available all over the floor, from solar, wind, and hybrid systems to a variety of fuel-cells. It is clear that the telecom industry has taken up the mantle to deploy more green telecom solutions in the coming years and many of the operators we spoke with are ready to deploy new green powered technologies in the near future. VNL was busy completing a number of MOUs and orders from the meeting rooms in our booth at the show. These orders are the culmination of the many trial deployments we’ve deployed on three continents over the past year.

Rajiv Mehrotra speaks with Shri. Sachin Pilot, Hon. Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, Govt. of India at Mobile World Congress 2011
Rajiv Mehrotra speaks with Shri. Sachin Pilot, Hon. Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, Govt. of India at Mobile World Congress 2011

The bottom line? In our opinion, Africa is at the forefront, with more mobile operators at the testing or deployment stage using non-traditional power sources for their mobile networks. Latin America is showing signs of increased use of green telecom, especially for intra-city coverage along highways. Asia, for VNL, has more deployments on the ground now, radiating and starting to connect the next billion. We were glad to be able to present our products to a seasoned crowd of operators already working in the same direction – connecting rural networks in a sustainable and affordable manner that serves the underserved across the world.

Rajiv Mehrotra discusses how mobile operators can become broadband service providers with minimal investment with Dr. J. S. Sarma, Chairperson, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India at Mobile World Congress 2011
Rajiv Mehrotra discusses how mobile operators can become broadband service providers with minimal investment with Dr. J. S. Sarma, Chairperson, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India at Mobile World Congress 2011

Signage at the show covered VNL's unique Cascading Star Architecture and new Infrastructure Sharing concept to visitors to the booth.
Signage at the show covered VNL’s unique Cascading Star Architecture and new Infrastructure Sharing concept to visitors to the booth.

Rajiv Mehrotra discusses VNL's new multi-operator infrastructure sharing capabilities with Shri. Sachin Pilot, Hon. Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, Govt. of India at Mobile World Congress 2011
Rajiv Mehrotra discusses VNL’s new multi-operator infrastructure sharing capabilities with Shri. Sachin Pilot, Hon. Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, Govt. of India at Mobile World Congress 2011

Rajiv Mehrotra introduces Cascading Star Architecture with Broadband to visitors to the booth.
Rajiv Mehrotra introduces Cascading Star Architecture with Broadband to visitors to the booth.

VNL’s pioneering work has been widely praised: in December, VNL won the Telecom Asia Readers Choice Award. In 2010, Fast Company named VNL one of the “Fast 50: The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies”. In December, 2009, VNL was named as a Technology Pioneer 2010 by The World Economic Forum (www.weforum.org). In November, 2009, VNL was selected as a 2009 Top Pick and named as a company to watch in the wireless infrastructure market by Light Reading, a specialist telecoms analyst and publishing house. In September, 2009, it was named the third most innovative company – and the most innovative telecoms company – in the world in the Wall Street Journal’s annual Technology Innovation Awards. VNL also won the “Best Technology Foresight” category at the 2008 World Communications Awards and came second in the “Green Network Hardware and Infrastructure” category at the 2009 CTIA Wireless E-Tech Awards.

Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL, speaks with visitors to the booth.
Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL, speaks with visitors to the booth.

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

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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

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MWC 2010: Interview with Rajiv Mehrotra, CEO of VNL

Watch the video interview with Rajiv Mehrotra, the Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL, the first and only company to have found a way of building sustainable telephone networks for the three billion people (half the world’s population) who live in rural areas not covered by a mobile network.

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

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Live from Mobile World Congress: VNL Wins Green Mobile Award for Best Green Programme Product or Initiative

Barcelona, Spain: VNL is proud to announce the receipt of GSMA’s 2010 “Green Mobile – Best Green Programme Product or Initiative” Award during Mobile World Congress’ Global Mobile Awards Ceremony. The judges stated that selection was made based on the sheer number of people who’s lives could be changed through deployment of VNL’s technology:

“This is a real breakthrough, with potential, huge impact for billions of people in rural villages. It could have significant impact in allowing rural communities to have access to affordable mobile communications.”


Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL accepted the award on behalf of the VNL team. In his acceptance speech, Mr. Mehrotra stated:

“Three billion people are not covered by a network. Most of these people live in areas without electricity. Our zero OPEX, solar powered GSM base stations will help mobile operators reach them affordably. Thank you to the GSMA for acknowledging our mission.”

VNL’s zero-opex solar-powered WorldGSM™ base station – developed specifically for use in rural areas where people have less than US$2 a month to spend on their phone bills was shortlisted in both the ‘best network innovation’ and the ‘best green programme, product or initiative’ categories.

VNL is the first and only company to have found a way of building sustainable telephone networks for the three billion people (half the world’s population) who live in rural areas not covered by a mobile network. Of this number, some 1.6 billion people have no electricity and another one billion live in areas with unreliable access to power (GSMA figures).


VNL’s pioneering work has been widely praised: earlier this week, Fast Company named VNL one of the “Fast 50: The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” for 2010. In December, VNL was named as a Technology Pioneer 2010 by The World Economic Forum (www.weforum.org). In September it was named the third most innovative company – and the most innovative telecoms company – in the world in the Wall Street Journal’s annual Technology Innovation Awards. In November VNL was selected as a 2009 Top Pick and named as a company to watch in the wireless infrastructure market by Light Reading, a specialist telecoms analyst and publishing house. VNL also won the “Best Technology Foresight” category at the 2008 World Communications Awards and came second in the “Green Network Hardware and Infrastructure” category at the 2009 CTIA Wireless E-Tech Awards.

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

VNL at Mobile World Congress

VNL, a pioneer in green telecom solutions, is showcasing its solar powered WorldGSM™ base station at Mobile World Congress, held at the Fira de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain, from February 15 – 18, 2010.


VNL’s exhibition space in Hall 2 at Mobile World Congress 2010
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VNL’s solar-powered WorldGSM™ base station drew crowds, as attendees from five continents visited the booth. VNL’s exhibit space introduced mobile network operators and other visitors to the world’s first completely solar-powered WorldGSM™ solution, 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 people – all resulting in zero opex, dramatically lower capex, and near zero maintenance.


Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL discussing the benefits of the solar powered WorldGSM™ base station with a visitor to the booth
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On Tuesday, VNL was named the winner of GSMA’s 2010 “Green Mobile – Best Green Programme Product or Initiative” Award during Mobile World Congress’ Global Mobile Awards Ceremony. The judges stated that selection was made based on the sheer number of people whose lives could be changed through deployment of VNL’s technology:

“This is a real breakthrough, with potential, huge impact for billions of people in rural villages. It could have significant impact in allowing rural communities to have access to affordable mobile communications.”


Rajiv Mehrotra accepts the Green Mobile – Best Green Programme Product or Initiative Award at the Global Mobile Awards Ceremony

VNL’s pioneering work has been widely praised: earlier this week, Fast Company named VNL one of the “Fast 50: The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” for 2010. In December, VNL was named as a Technology Pioneer 2010 by The World Economic Forum (www.weforum.org). In September it was named the third most innovative company – and the most innovative telecoms company – in the world in the Wall Street Journal’s annual Technology Innovation Awards. In November VNL was selected as a 2009 Top Pick and named as a company to watch in the wireless infrastructure market by Light Reading, a specialist telecoms analyst and publishing house. VNL also won the “Best Technology Foresight” category at the 2008 World Communications Awards and came second in the “Green Network Hardware and Infrastructure” category at the 2009 CTIA Wireless E-Tech Awards.


VNL’s exhibition space featured a wall mural showcasing a live deployment of the WorldGSM™ solar powered base station in Rajasthan, India
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The next billion subscribers will be coming from rural populations, away from saturated urban markets. 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. If you missed Mobile World Congress, you can still see WorldGSM™ for yourself before 2010 ends. VNL will be exhibiting its solar powered base station at East Africa Com in Nairobi, April 27 & 28, 2010 and at Africa Com in Cape Town, South Africa, November 10 & 11, 2010.


VNL intends to work closely with several operators on three continents to deploy solar powered WorldGSM™ by the end of the year.

[photos by Saurabh Joshi, VNL]

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.

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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).