To connect the 1.2 billion people in rural areas worldwide that currently lack cell coverage today.
“In today’s world, to be unconnected is to be left behind. We don’t want anyone to be left behind.” – Dr. Vanu Bose, Founder of Vanu, Inc.
There are approximately 1 million people in Rwanda, and 1 billion people in the world, that lack cellular coverage. 3.8 billion people lack access to the internet. Traditional mobile network operators cannot expand coverage solutions to the rural population because it is not economical to do so with conventional cellular solutions and business models. The revenue per site is not enough to cover the operational expense. Through a combination of technology and innovative business models, we have developed solutions to profitably and sustainably provide coverage solutions for the rural population. People desperately need and want connectivity in rural areas around the world to better their lives and the lives of their children and communities. Some examples are:
• The farmer who can check the market to see where he can sell his goods for the best price
• A new mother who can receive via text message from her government or hospital containing instructions on how to care for her new baby
• Schoolchildren of rural villages can use a computer or tablets at school, which will expand their education and horizons beyond their rural classroom and allow them to stay up to date, and learn, about what is going in the rest of the world
• The young entrepreneur can use mobile banking to obtain micro financing to get her small business off the ground and contribute to the wellbeing of her family and community.
• We also provide connectivity to areas in the wake of natural disasters (for example, Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria) where the network infrastructure has been either damaged or destroyed and cell phone service is rendered highly limited or nonexistent.
Access to connectivity can help members of these rural communities to increase their health, safety, education, well-being, and reduce poverty and inequality. The areas we serve are not desirable places for other network operators to cover because they cannot serve them profitably. Our different technology and business mode choices allow us to be profitable and thus sustainable. We believe that, over time, we cannot rely on government subsidies to provide access to these essential needs. Only by creating a profitable model can we ensure that the network will be maintained and scaled to address the needs of people in unserved portions of Rwanda and other countries.
Vanu provided emergency connectivity in post-disaster relief to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands following Hurricane Maria. We provided interim cell network coverage to customers of Sprint, ATT & T-Mobile, among others, until mobile network operators could restore services.
Providing cell coverage to Nyabubare Nasho Hospital
Before the Vanu network was deployed, the doctors of the The Nyabubare Nasho Hospital in rural Rwanda had to walk down the street to get a cell signal, and members of the village could not call for an ambulance. With the Vanu network, members of the community are safer & healthier.
Flexible software infrastructure in rural Alaska
We deployed our networks for GCI, an Alaskan telecommunication services company. Currently, we cover roughly 103 villages in rural Alaska. The remote nature of the Alaskan villages in the GCI network and the difficulty of reaching those villages, especially when weather was not cooperative.
We are already operational in Rwanda, with our partnership with MTN Rwanda, and this is for expansion. See here for press coverage: http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/read/227177
We were operational in Puerto Rico and USVI following Hurricane Maria. We have been operational in the rural U.S. for over a decade, as far north as Barrow, Alaska (which is the northernmost town in the US and 350 miles north of the Article Circle) and as far south as the equator in Africa. We have several thousand sites deployed in India. We also have deployments in Mauritania, Madagascar, Cameroon, Ghana, Zambia, and Democratic Republic of Congo, in addition to Rwanda. We have operated in a wide variety of climates and rugged operating environments.
Here is a press article from the AP about our emergency coverage in Puerto Rico and the USVI for post-disaster relief. https://www.apnews.com/5d714f8d09c64f578333983c6122f687
Awards the company has achieved: • The first company to receive FCC certification of a software defined radio • The Software-Defined Radio Forum Achievement Award • IEEE Spectrum Magazine’s Wireless Winner • MassNetComms Product of the Year for the Vanu Anywave Base Station • GSM Association Technology Award for Best Network Infrastructure Product