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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.
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.
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