Wall Street Journal: “Start-Up May Aid Telecoms’ Reach”

by Jon Thompson on August 2, 2008

Here is something that I do believe will succeed.  VNL has created a solar powered portable GSM network for rural communities in India.  The components are inexpensive to manufacture, easy to operate and portable.  Here’s an excerpt for a Wall Street Journal – Asia article about this new technology:

“We started with a clean sheet of paper, and told ourselves that we needed to design technology perfectly suited for the rural environment,” says VNL Chief Executive Anil Raj, a former executive at Ericsson.

The tower is designed to make it easy for people with little professional training to install. The equipment comes with a pictorial instruction manual similar to those for Ikea’s do-it-yourself furniture. It has just one button, used to turn it on.

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