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VNL at Connecting the Next Billion Conference in Indonesia, November 2-4, 2010 22 Oct, 2010

Mobile operators in Asia now have a way to provide mobile voice and broadband services to rural communities and still turn a profit.

VNL is proud to announce its participation as a Senior Sponsor at the Connecting the Next Billion Conference 2010. This conference will be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia from November 2nd through 4th, 2010.

VNL’s participation will announce the addition of broadband services as part of their award-winning WorldGSM™ solution for the APAC region – 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 Connecting the Next Billion 2010, 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.

Stop by VNL and receive a free mobile phone charger (while supplies last).

Also Visit VNL at:

  • November 10-11, 2010: Africa Com in Cape Town, South Africa – booth # B01-B06
  • February 15-18, 2011: Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain – booth # 2B33

*While supplies last.

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VNL Wins in the m-Business & Commerce Category for the 2010 South Asia mBillionth Award 23 Jul, 2010

NEW DELHI – July 23, 2010: VNL was recognized in the m-Business & Commerce category of the 2010 mBillionth Awards sponsored by the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF). The mBillionth Award honours the potential of the mobile sector across South Asia.

mBillionth Award 2010
The award recognises companies that best fulfill the category criteria, which is the use of mobile and complementing applications and embedded services for support and optimization of business processes and the creation of new business models in commerce like m-commerce. The mBillionth Committee chose VNL’s WorldGSM® from more than 200 nominations that were received. The nominations came from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and the Maldives.

About the mBillionth Award (http://mbillionth.in/)
The mBillionth Award South Asia 2010 is first of its kind in the region recognising and facilitating mobile innovations, applications and content services delivery. Its mission is to honour excellence in mobile communications across South Asia spread over nine core categories. The mBillionth Award is South Asia’s leading mobile content award aimed at a larger, regional mobile congress in media and policy advocacy.

About Digital Empowerment Foundation (http://www.defindia.net/)
The Digital Empowerment Foundation is a Delhi based not-for-profit organization that seeks to find solutions to bridge the digital divide. It was founded by Osama Manzar to uplift the downtrodden and to create economic and commercial viability using Information Communication and Technology as means.

VNL Shortlisted in the m-Business & Commerce Category for the 2010 South Asia mBillionth Award 28 Jun, 2010

VNL has been shortlisted in the m-Business & Commerce category for the 2010 mBillionth award sponsored by the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF).

The award has been instituted for projects that best fulfill the category criteria, which is the use of mobile and complementing applications and embedded services for support and optimization of business processes; creation of new business models in commerce like m-commerce, business to business, business to consumers, internet security and other areas; supporting small and medium enterprises in the marketplace, m-Banking like banking services, microfinance and micro-banking through mobile devices, etc.

The mBillionth Committee chose VNL’s WorldGSM® from over 200 nominations that were received. The nominations came from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and the Maldives.

The awards Grand Jury met in Colombo, Sri Lanka on June 11th and 12th to choose the final winners. Their names will be announced at the Inter Continental Hotel, Nehru Place in New Delhi, India on July 23, 2010.

About the mBillionth Award (http://mbillionth.in/)
mBillionth Award honours the potential of the mobile sector across South Asia. These phones and mobile gadgets can now do anything from allowing physicians to review patient records on-the-go, to alerting drivers in any city of nearby parking spaces while looking for a spot, in addition to the texting, surfing and calling capabilities of many of today’s phones.

The mBillionth Award South Asia 2010 is first of its kind in the region recognising and facilitating mobile innovations, applications and content services delivery. It is to honour excellence in mobile communications across South Asia spread over nine core categories. The mBillionth Award is South Asia’s leading mobile content award aimed at a larger, regional mobile congress in media and policy advocacy.

About Digital Empowerment Foundation (http://www.defindia.net/)
The Digital Empowerment Foundation is a Delhi based not-for-profit organization that seeks to find solutions to bridge the digital divide. With no political affiliations, it was founded by Osama Manzar to uplift the downtrodden and to create economic and commercial viability using Information Communication and Technology as means.

DEF’s mission is to see widespread development, use, promotion, and accessibility of affordable digital content based on cultural specifics or language necessities. The mission is to enable communities to be aware and conscious of the utility and necessity of using ICT for their empowerment.

VNL’s Solar Powered GSM Base Stations to Be Part of ITU School and Community Network Initiatives in South Asia 7 Jun, 2010

New Delhi – Friday, 4 June 2010: VNL today announced that its award-winning solar-powered GSM base stations will be used to build ITU sponsored networks in South Asia. The networks are being built as part of the ITU’s Connect a School, Connect a Community initiative, a public-private partnership run by the ITU to promote broadband Internet connectivity for schools in developing countries around the world. The VNL networks will provide both GSM and mobile broadband coverage to schools and villages in remote rural areas in South Asia – and will go live during Q4 2010.

Mr. Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL (left) and Mr Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director of ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau (right) at the quadrennial ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC 10) in Hyderabad, India.
Mr. Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL (left) and Mr. Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (right) at the quadrennial ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC 10) in Hyderabad, India.

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.

VNL’s solar-powered WorldGSM base station has been specifically designed to enable mobile operators to reach remote rural areas where ARPUs are less than $2 a month – and still make a profit.

Mr Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder Chairman and CEO of VNL said:

“The ITU has recognised that our equipment is unlike anything else available on the market today. It was developed for deployments just like these in rural Asia where people have never had access to telephony.”

VNL’s WorldGSM has been installed in more than 50 villages in rural Rajasthan, India’s largest state; for the first time these rural communities have network coverage. Unlike traditional GSM base stations, the village sites need no shelter, air conditioning, mains power, generator or diesel fuel. Operators in Africa and South East Asia are also rolling out networks.

VNL’s pioneering work has been widely praised; In December VNL was named as a technology pioneer 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 in second in the “Green Network Hardware and Infrastructure” category at the 2009 CTIA Wireless E-Tech Awards.

For years, operators and GSM equipment vendors have struggled with the same problem: Traditional telecom equipment is not designed for the unique challenges posed by remote rural areas. It costs too much, is too expensive to run, uses too much power and is too difficult to deploy (especially in areas with no electricity, poor roads and a lack of trained engineers).

VNL has spent the last six years re-engineering GSM to overcome these challenges. The result is WorldGSM – the world’s first truly environmentally sustainable mobile network

Highlights:

  • Zero OPEX – made possible by major reductions in power consumption; allowing for the use of solar power as the single energy source. No diesel generators are required.
  • Low CAPEX – priced at less than traditional GSM base stations -so that it’s profitable even at very low population densities and ARPU levels.[
  • Rural-optimised and easy to transport – compact and rugged; can even be transported on bullock carts.
  • Self-deploying and near-zero maintenance – can be installed in just six hours by two unskilled people.
  • Solar powered – needs only 50 – 150 Watts per base station compared to the 3,000 Watts required for traditional GSM. Each site can be powered by two 4 m² solar panels, rather than the 200 m² panel required to power a traditional GSM base station.

For more information, visit www.vnl.in or contact VNL’s international PR representative Bridget Fishleigh: +44 7946 342 903, bridget@nomadcomms.com, Skype: bridgetfishleigh. In India, please contactManoj Bhan: +91 99 999 66056, manoj.bhan@vnl.in (more…)

VNL at East Africa Com, Nairobi, Kenya: April 27 & 28, 2010 6 Apr, 2010

Mobile operators in East Africa now have a way to provide mobile voice and data services to rural communities and still turn a profit.

VNL is proud to announce its participation at East Africa Com 2010. This conference and exhibition will be held at the Kenyatta Convention Center in Nairobi, Kenya from April 27th through 28th, 2010.

VNL’s participation will update mobile network operators on the progress in deploying their award-winning WorldGSM™ system in Africa – 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.

The next billion subscribers will be coming from rural populations, away from saturated urban markets. If you’re planning on visiting East Africa Com 2010, 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 #31 to learn more.

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  • Click here to arrange an appointment to visit us in the booth and receive a free solar mobile phone charger.*

Also Visit VNL at:

  • November 10-11, 2010: Africa Com in Cape Town, South Africa – booth # B01-B06

VNL named one of Fast Company’s “Fast 50: The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” 16 Feb, 2010

Fast Company has named VNL as #39 of “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” in the March, 2010 issue.

Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder, Chairman & CEO of VNL, stated:

It is always good to see people acknowledge and value what VNL is trying to accomplish. Connecting the unconnected in an affordable and sustainable manner is a vital part of our mission. We hope to surpass their expectations in 2010 and look forward to a more global sustainable telecom network infrastructure in the future.

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Time Magazine’s “Tech Pioneers That Will Change Your Life” 22 Jan, 2010

Meet some of the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers — and the innovations they are bringing to market

About half the world’s population lives in rural areas, and half of them — about 1.6 billion people — do so without electricity. How do you connect them to the rest of the planet when the average mobile-telephone base station requires 3,000 watts of power to run? “We re-engineered the entire GSM,” says Rajiv Mehrotra, CEO of an Indian telecom company, VNL, whose low-cost, voice-only, solar-powered base stations will go to market next year in India, Africa and Southeast Asia.

Read more on the Time Magazine web site: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1948486_1948485_1948477,00.html