Updated Jun 19, 2020

Elizabeth Griffin

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Vanu, Inc. is a provider of mobile communications solution that allows mobile network operators to provide service in rural areas or places that lack coverage in Africa, Asia, the U.S. and globally.

The billion people in the world without connectivity are being left behind at a rapid rate as the rest of the world quickly moves to an online digital economy. Traditional models for building cellular networks cannot profitably serve the last billion. mobile operators cannot expand their network to even lower population density areas. The Coverage as a Service approach that Vanu has pioneered i...
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The billion people in the world without connectivity are being left behind at a rapid rate as the rest of the world quickly moves to an online digital economy. Traditional models for building cellular networks cannot profitably serve the last billion. mobile operators cannot expand their network to even lower population density areas. The Coverage as a Service approach that Vanu has pioneered is critical to expanding wireless connectivity to the rest of the population.In order to do this, Vanu pioneered a combination of technical and business innovation to provide economically viable service to uncovered rural areas. Lack of connectivity means that there are 1.2 billion people unable to take advantage of the educational, health care, governance, identity and business ecosystems inherent with mobility. Likewise, for completely logical economic reasons, MNOs have yet to access the estimated $32 billion annual market comprised of underserved or unserved populations. Disruption is now the best possible outcome for all involved in this equation and Vanu is now in its best possible position to be that disruptive force.
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Stage 6: Sustained Scale

Vanu, Inc. is a provider of mobile communications solution that allows Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to provide cellular service to rural, often vulnerable, communities that lack coverage in Africa, Asia, the U.S. and globally.
Registered in United Statesin United States

Focus Areas:

Digital Development, Communication with Communities, Technology and 4 MoreSEE ALL

Digital Development, Communication with Communities, Technology, Economic Growth and Trade, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity, Inclusive Education and Digital FinanceSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Ghana, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Canada and 6 MoreSEE ALL

Ghana, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Canada, Cameroon, Netherlands, Madagascar, United States, India and RwandaSEE LESS

10,000,000
Lives Impacted to Date
9
Countries Implemented In
65
Employees

Problem

In today’s connected world, over 1.2 billion people lack connectivity and are at a vast disadvantage in terms of social and economic development. However, building the cellular infrastructure in these regions presents radically different challenges from building networks in urban areas. The problems include unreliable (or non-existent) power grids, no wired telecom infrastructure to run the network backbone of the cellular network, and site maintenance is time-consuming and expensive.

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Solution

Vanu partners with Mobile Network Operators globally to profitably and sustainably provide connectivity to off-grid communities. Vanu's networks maximize feasible revenue and allows for the capital cost of the network equipment to be recoverable, despite low revue per user. The operating cost of the network is minimal, maintenance is easy because it can be done remotely, our sites are solar-powered, and the network minimizes backhaul usage. The solution is profitable and sustainable.

Target Beneficiaries

Rural communities that currently lack access to cellular connectivity. Examples: a farmer who can use his/her mobile phone with our cellular connectivity to check the internet for the best prices for their crops; the school children who can use digital learning that reaches beyond the walls (and limited resources) of their rural classroom to expand their education; and members of the Nasho Valley in Rwanda who can now call for an ambulance because our network covers their rural hospital.

Mission and Vision

Connectivity is essential to the development of lesser developed areas. The best way to maximize prospects for individuals born in areas with little in the way of resources is to give them resources such as improved education, healthcare, government services, financial services and other services through connectivity.

Competitive Advantage

The combination of Vanu’s small-cell technology & deployment tools changes the equation for Mobile Network operators. The unique Vanu Mapping Tool also allows Vanu to map the coverage of an entire country to see where coverage is lacking.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We would like to expand our business by bringing our mobile cellular networks to more countries in Africa, Asia and around the world. We would like to cover 20 million people with connectivity by 2020.
Funding Goal1,000,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted20,000,000
New Implemented CountriesNigeria, Timor-Leste, Uganda

The Team Behind the Innovation

Andrew Beard is CEO and Co-Founder of VANU, Inc. Prior to serving as CEO, Andrew served as Chief Operating Officer from the inception of the company, with responsibility for oversight of all operations, including sales, engineering, support, finance, production. Debi Aubee is Global VP of Sales and Support and leads all sales efforts. Elizabeth Griffin is the Senior Assistant to the CEO and Director of Social Media. Anthony Masozera is President of Vanu Rwanda & Anoj Singh is AVP of Vanu India,

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Rwanda
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
India
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
United States

Supporting Materials

Flyer-for-BCtA.pdf
Anywave-Data-Sheet.pdf
Vanu-Community-Connect-BTS-Datasheet-010118.pdf