Pulmonary embolism at age 52 strikes down master of software-defined radio and low power rural wireless. How can you bring mobile to the hundreds of millions of Africans who live away from the power grid? Vanu Bose for a decade has been working to build inexpensive wireless systems that can run on solar power. His company, Vanu Inc., has developed extremely low power radios now deploying in Rwanda. They were the first to achieve FCC certification for software-defined networks.
Vanu played a crucial role in the White House PCAST report, which set sharing as the primary goal for U.S. spectrum policy. With backing from Craig Mundie of Microsoft and Eric Schmidt of Google, PCAST destroyed the myth that monopoly spectrum was still necessary. It was also influential at OFCOM and the EU.