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Going green! This can be an inspiration to all the young and old who desire a future with energy efficiency and  a clean environment.


TMCNet:  VNL: Wall Street Journal names VNL's zero-opex solar-powered GSM system as best wireless innovation and overall bronze winner in its 2009 Technology Innovation Awards

[September 14, 2009]

VNL: Wall Street Journal names VNL’s zero-opex solar-powered GSM system as best wireless innovation and overall bronze winner in its 2009 Technology Innovation Awards

Sep 14, 2009 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) — The Wall Street Journal today named VNL’s WorldGSM as the best wireless innovation and overall bronze winner in its annual Technology Innovation Awards.

VNL’s WorldGSM is a zero-opex solar-powered GSM system specifically designed to enable mobile operators to build sustainable – and profitable – networks in remote rural areas where ARPUs are less than $2 a month.

For the ninth annual Innovation Awards, a Wall Street Journal editor reviewed nearly 500 entries, sending more than 180 to a team of judges from research institutions, venture-capital firms and other companies. Judges considered whether innovations were truly groundbreaking and-new this year-looked at whether their application would be particularly useful in a time of economic hardship.

// <![CDATA[// In a podcast, John Leger, news editor of the WSJ who oversees the awards, said: VNL is “a terrific winner this year” and “what’s interesting is that the technology itself is not a technological breakthrough but it will have a huge impact in emerging countries” and “the judges were very enthusiastic about it (VNL)”.

The WSJ’s gold and silver awards went to Ibis Biosciences Inc which takes a novel approach to detecting and identifying pathogens and Touch Bionics Inc. for its artificial hand.

Rajiv Mehrotra, founder, Chairman and CEO of VNL, said: “We hope that the WSJ’s recognition of VNL will encourage operators in countries where there are rural populations not covered by a phone network to get in touch. We are the only company which enables operators to build commercially viable and sustainable networks in low ARPU areas. We have many many trials in progress – finally operators have a way to reach the poorest most remote communities around the globe.” Acccording to the GSM Association, three billion people (half the world’s population) live in rural areas that are not covered by a phone network. For years, operators and GSM equipment vendors have struggled with the same problem: traditional GSM 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’s WorldGSM overcomes the many barriers to serving rural markets without making any unnecessary compromises. The system integrates with existing GSM macro networks and extends them into previously unreachable rural areas. It is 3GPP compliant and compatible with all standard handsets. The 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-optimized 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 6 hours by 2 unskilled persons and can be maintained by local workers.

Solar powered – needs only 50 – 150 W per base station compared to the 3000 W required for traditional GSM. Each site can be powered by a 2-8 m” solar panel, rather than the 200 m” panel required to power a traditional GSM base station.

VNL is exhibiting at ITU Telecom World in Geneva October 5-9 in Hall 4 in the Green@ICT pavilion.

CONTACT: VNL WWW: http://www.vnl.in Bridget Fishleigh, VNL’s PR representative Tel: +44 (0)7946 342 903 e-mail: bridget@nomadcomms.com ((M2 Communications disclaims all liability for information provided within M2 PressWIRE. Data supplied by named party/parties. Further information on M2 PressWIRE can be obtained at http://www.presswire.net on the world wide web. Inquiries to info@m2.com.

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Blog response

This blog is about reinventing Education in Africa, though i agree with most of what the writer is saying there are moments where i felt that he played to  much of the history card.



Lawrence Mainja said…

Well i do agree that there is need for an educational system that works. Adopting local languages for educational purposes can be a brilliant idea but i am afraid that those ideas will falter within moments of implementation. I believe that most of the educational systems in Africa have got the capacity to develop, train and bring in a better informed and better equipped society. What these systems lack is better administration and clear policies from the raged corrupt governments. We have been playing the colonial history card for decades now. It can not be denied that the policies then did not favor a meaningful education for Africa. I believe as i said before that we will end up being like the dictators in our path who use our uneven history as an excuse to exploit their own. Its high time we become a bit accountable, put history to the side for a moment and try to work for better service and a better future.

September 23, 2009 5:39 AM

Week 2

We had a discussion on Nicholas Carr’s article on IT and i found it fascinating. He makes a point that IT has been standardized, and is now a commodity that is necessary for competitiveness but insufficient for advantage. Carr says that its not only about technology but about strategy. Since almost everyone now has the technological means, governments and private businesses need more of strategy in order for then to have a better leverage over their competitors.

Thus though i agree with Carr’s assertion that technology has become a commodity, i believe there are places in this world where technological advancement only without strategy is an advantage to a government or business.

World Bank


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The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We are not a bank in the common sense. We are made up of two unique development institutions owned by 186 member countries—the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA).

Each institution plays a different but collaborative role to advance the vision of an inclusive and sustainable globalization. The IBRD focuses on middle income and creditworthy poor countries, while IDA focuses on the poorest countries in the world. Together we provide low-interest loans, interest-free credits and grants to developing countries for a wide array of purposes that include investments in education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture, and environmental and natural resource management.

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International institutions like the World bank now have a bigger say on how some states especially developing nations should function. This site offers information on what the Word bank does. I think it is one of the best places to get information on how different nations are dealing with different economic problems that they face. And also one gets to understand the role of the World Bank not only in providing economic aid but also in helping with developmental projects.

of Public Administration

Deciding to work for the public especially in regions like Africa south of the Sahara is difficult and sometimes dangerous. Political instability and all the other social and economics ills have made it difficult for public administrators to deliver. Kinship and patronage has destroyed hope of deliverance from governments. The future of public service delivery lay in the hands of individuals with no experience, not enough educational background or even an idea about how a council is run and should be run. Since it is difficult to do away with these administrators because of their strong political allegiance background, new ways of service to the people need to be crafted and found. In most African countries working for the public is synonymous with working for a political party.

I see my Masters of Public Administration program as an important part of my understanding of public service ,and, i believe that it will equip me with the necessary knowledge that will be fruitful not only for me as an individual but the whole of Africa. So many issues affect the global community today. Issues like Global warming and the need for cleaner energy. These are genuine world concerns but there exists countries that are developing and they have got huge reserves of fossil fuels like coal. Zimbabwe has got huge deposits of coal which is one of the fuels that the world is trying to do way with. The country is even struggling to exploit these fossil fuel resources. The question is that can they then be able to invest in renewable energy. Setting out solar plants is expensive, using wood fuels is also enpensive for the environment.

What kind of policies then should these governments adopt that can make for a functioning public sector, that can actually deliver. What are the consequences of sticking to fossil fuels? One would argue that there are no consequences, the developing countries are playing their part in the process of global warming which began a couple of centuries ago with the industrial revolution in Europe. This would be an uninformed suggestion and a disastrous one too. Zimbabwe has experience three seasons of drought in the past decade and it can not jeopardizes the future of the agricultural industry by emitting CO2 gases which comes from coal.

So many issues affect the public today. I believe this public administration program is a chance for me to learn and reflect on real service issues and it will help me create innovative ways and ideas on how well we can transform public service performance and delivery not only in Africa but the whole world.