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USOF India certifies VNL’s solar-powered GSM system

The Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, has awarded a certificate to VNL to mark the successful completion of a trial of its GSM Cellular Rural Telephony Solution. The certificate was presented to VNL by the Administrator USOF Mr. Ajay Bhattacharya, who expressed his happiness on the successful completion of the project.

The USOF has found VNL’s WorldGSM™ solution to be: environmentally-friendly, and suitable for deployment in rural and remote villages, industrial areas with low capacity requirement and isolated areas which have limited or no grid power and poor infrastructure.

VNL’s WorldGSM™telecom provides both voice and data (broadband).

VNL entered into a MoU with the USOF in September 2009 and successfully completed the Pilot Project in association with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL).

According to the USOF, the VNL system successfully demonstrated the following salient features:

Low Power consumption system

Outdoor tower /Pole mountable Rural and Village BTS sites operating exclusively on solar energy

Environmental friendliness

Distributed capacity, coverage and connectivity architecture

Integrated Backhaul for Point-to-point and Point-to-Multipoint BTS connectivity

Wi-Fi broadband capabilities

The USOF certificate was awarded following a year long deployment of VNL’s solar-powered, zero OPEX GSM system developed specifically for remote rural areas where there is little or no electricity and ARPUs are less than $2-3 a month.

VNL’s zero-OPEX network solution was used to provide mobile services to around 30 villages in Alwar District, Rajasthan, across an area of 200 square kilometers, not covered by BSNL’s existing network. It was tested by a team comprising officers of the Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC), Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) and USOF.

Rajiv Mehrotra, Chairman & CEO of VNL said, “As an Indian company involved in innovation and manufacturing of high tech telecom infrastructure solutions, we are proud to receive this Certificate from USOF. VNL is on a mission to connect the unconnected using sustainable models and we are delighted with the results in Rajasthan. We are grateful to the Government of India, USOF and BSNL, for encouraging us to demonstrate the capabilities of our rural GSM and broadband solution”.

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