Dr. Vanu Bose, the CEO of Vanu Inc, a sustainable cellular network firm operating in Rwanda and other remote areas of the world passed on died on Saturday in the US.
Vanu died of pulmonary embolism on Saturday, November 11, 2017 but the wireless infrastructure firm which he founded at MIT remains intact.
“We at Vanu, Inc. are committed to Vanu and his work and will continue to work tirelessly to fulfill the vision Vanu had for connecting the last billion so that everyone, no matter their circumstance, has wireless access to education, commerce, safety, health and a way to speak to their loved ones,” the firm announced in a statement on its website.
Recently, Vanu Inc and Kenya’s SupaBRCK partnered to launch Moja free Wi-Fi in Rwanda over a local content delivery network (CDN) with free content such as licensed music, news, books, TV shows and apps such as Facebook, jobs among others.
Moja free Wi-Fi uses Vanu SuperPico and a small laptop based GSM MSC to provide a private GSM Network capable of operating as a standalone GSM network or as a GSM extension to a VoIP wireline network. The SuperPico is a weatherproof, power-efficient GSM Base Station Subsystem (BSS) that is specifically designed for outdoor deployments and has a superior transmit footprint than most Micro Base Stations.
The SuperPico is ideally suited for rapid deployment or mobile GSM infrastructure and can operate in disconnected mode when a backhaul network is not available, and can utilize an IP network for backhaul when available, The system has been qualified with satellite, microwave, DSL, and WiFi backhaul networks.
Vanu Bose earned Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics degrees from MIT then pursued a Master of Science in 1994, in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and a PhD in 1999. His doctoral thesis, titled “Virtual Radio Architecture,” formed the basis of Vanu, Inc., which he founded in 1998.