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.