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VNL Participates at Mobile World Congress 2012 23 Feb, 2012

A simple switch to WorldGSM™ got an African mobile operator an average saving of $24,000 per site in a year.

VNL announces its participation again at GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 27th – March 1st, 2012.

Rajiv Mehrotra Chairman and CEO will be speaking on a panel entitled “Networks : Infrastructure Costs in the Age of Austerity”.

In today’s environment of austerity, operators are rethinking business models, searching out new solutions and revisiting old ones to deliver lower-cost networks. This session highlights some of the most outstanding examples of ingenuity and shows how operators around the world can employ similar measures.

Networks: Infrastructure Costs In The Age Of Austerity
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
1:45 PM to 3:15 PM Local Time (CET)
Location: Hall 5 – Room 6

VNL will be showcasing the dramatic OPEX savings achieved by WorldGSM™ sites deployed in Africa and the powerful payback proposition on CAPEX invested in these sites. For years we have heard that renewables take too long for payback. VNL’s WorldGSM™ solution is changing this perception across the world – captured in its current campaign -‘Green is Good for Business’.

In Africa, WorldGSM™ sites have saved upto $24,000 a year per site in diesel expenses alone.This will be of special interest to mobile operators and tower companies alike, as they search for ways to reduce high OPEX on account of huge diesel expenses to power their rural and remote sites in the absence of reliable grid power.

VNL’s solar powered WorldGSM™ Village Base Station (VBTS) will be on display at the stand.

VNL makes the award-winning WorldGSM™ solution – the sustainable GSM & Broadband network infrastructure solution specifically made for areas with ARPUs of less than $2. WorldGSM™ is the first commercially viable GSM & Broadband solution that is independent of the power grid. It requires no grid power or 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.

VNL WorldGSM™ Village Site in Africa
VNL WorldGSM™ Village Site in Africa

The next billion subscribers will be coming from rural populations, away from saturated urban markets. If you’re planning on visiting Mobile World Congress 2012, stop by VNL’s stand and see the future of rural voice and data networks. 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 Stand #2B33 to learn more.
Click here to arrange an appointment to see WorldGSM™ in the booth.

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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).

VNL at Mobile World Congress 2009 2 Mar, 2009

Contrasting the buzz about high speed data, iPhone replicas, mobile TV, convergence and various value added services, VNL’s rural telecom initiative was received as an unusual and appreciated effort at this year’s congress.

Visitor numbers were notably lower than last year, likely due to the impact of the current global recession and the followed layoffs and operational reductions among mobile operators and vendors alike.

With a looming energy crisis around the corner – slightly curbed by recently lowered fuel prices but still on the center stage – it’s evident that mobile operators take energy consumption reduction efforts seriously. Many vendors were showcasing alternative power solutions, and new innovations in energy efficiency.

Bergey Windpower stood out as a prominent inventor within wind power solutions. And PowerOasis have created an innovative power management system – well suited for mobile operators that are looking at retro-fitting existing installations with renewable energy alternatives.

VNL\'s booth at Mobile World Congress 2009

VNL’s booth at MWC 2009

As far as the rural telecom space goes, VNL generated quite a bit of buzz by showcasing WorldGSM™ for the first time. Seeing the prominently located Village Site for the first time, some visitors thought we were solar panel vendors. As a regular reader of this blog, you know that this is far from the truth. The Village Site is a breakthrough in telecom innovation – the smallest, most energy efficient GSM base station ever built. So simple to deploy that local workers can install it in just six hours.

Visitors reacted very positively to the fact that WorldGSM™ is a complete GSM system – not just a conventional base station retrofitted with solar panels. And that it doesn’t compare with conventional GSM equipment but is entirely designed to extend existing networks – helping mobile operators expand their reach beyond what’s possible today.

Many were also pleasantly surprised to hear that a Village Site only needs about 50W of power – lightbulb wattage.

We’d like to thank our team and all our booth visitors, customers and partners for making VNL’s participation in MWC 2009 such a success! We look forward to interacting with all of you again at Communicasia 2009 in Singapore, 16th-19th of June.

Meet VNL at Mobile World Congress 12 Feb, 2009

This is the time of the year when everyone in the telecom industry gears up for the premier annual event – the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, 16-19 of February.

VNL has dual presence at this year’s congress. Our main booth is located in Hall 2 (B69), and we also have a booth in GSMA’s Green Zone (in Hall 2 as well).

Our participation this year is quite special as we will showcase our award-winning WorldGSM™ system – the solar powered GSM system for rural areas.

As a regular reader of the VNL blog, you already know that WorldGSM is the first commercially viable GSM system for rural areas with ARPUs of less than $2. That it uses solar power as its single energy source – no diesel generators required. And that it’s made for simple delivery and deployment by local workers – all resulting in zero opex, dramatically lower capex and near zero maintenance.

The bottom line: 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’re well aware that your urban subscriber growth is flattening out, and that you’re going to have to look further afield for your next million subscribers. So if you’re planning to visit the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, save half an hour for us. We’ll show you something that will completely transform your thinking about how to profitably reach your next million subscribers.

You’re very welcome to visit us at Hall 2, Booth B69. We look forward to seeing you there!