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VNL signs MoU to develop digital villages across Vietnam

July 09, 2019
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Vihaan Networks Limited (VNL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Vietnam government to provide solutions for advancing rural connectivity by creating digital villages in the country’s underserved areas.

Embassy of Vietnam has identified 150 remote villages, spread over six provinces of Tien Giang, Hau Giang, Can Tho, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, and Yen Bai to roll out mobile and broadband services in the first phase of its Digital Village program, in partnership with VNL.

The first phase will cover parts of Vietnam, from the Mekong River Delta in the south all the way up to the north-eastern region, bringing connectivity to a total of 34,791 sq km of the country’s rural areas.

Commenting on the development, Phan Xuan Dung, MP, Chairman of Committee on Science, Technology and Environmental Affairs, Vietnam, said, “VNL’s application of solar energy in telecom equipment is commendable. They’ve demonstrated the strength of using renewable resources for advancing ICT at the grassroots level in India. Since Vietnam’s villages have the same digital requirements as India, we are confident of VNL’s expertise to help us realise our Digital Dream. We are interested in a solar-based telecom site to establish digital villages along with a public announcement system, which would yield skill development and local entrepreneurship in rural areas to create e-governance, e-health, e-education and help in disaster management scenario too, in remote communities of Vietnam. We found what we are looking for at VNL’s site, Karenda.”

Meanwhile, Udit Mehrotra, chief executive officer, VNL, said, “We’ve been perfecting low-cost, digital village solutions for several years now. And it’s benefitted rural areas beyond Karenda. With deployments in the highlands of Peru, the islands of Indonesia, and the valleys of Bhutan, our teams have the experience to turn remote communities into digital, e-communities, worldwide. We are committed to leveraging our expertise once again to ensure the success of the Digital Village program in Vietnam.”

In India, VNL has successfully rolled out voice and data connectivity in the Left-Wing Extremist areas by installing towers in remote and inhospitable terrain. To date, this remains the biggest green connectivity initiative undertaken anywhere in the world since the telecom towers operate on solar power.


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