Quebec, QC, Canada, February 1st, 2024 – NuRAN Wireless Inc. (“NuRAN” or the “Company”) (CSE: NUR) (OTC: NRRWF) (FSE: 1RN), a leading supplier of mobile and broadband wireless infrastructure solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Navindran Naidoo, former Network Executive of MTN Group, to the Board of Directors and chair of the strategic committee.
Navi Naidoo has over 25 years telecommunications experience, in the fields of mobile and fixed network planning and optimisation, encompassing network facilities development, spectrum planning, transport systems including IP networks, next generation core and enterprise networks. His responsibilities included the efficient and strategic evolution of Networks (RAN, Transport, Core, OSS, and Energy & Infrastructure) to offer the best customer experience to MTN’s customers globally. He was also instrumental in advancing the rural network rollout across Africa by introducing alternative vendors such as NuRan and other ORAN suppliers. Navi also represented MTN Group at the Facebook TIP initiative and facilitated numerous lab and field testing of Open-Source equipment and other RAN vendors specifically targeted to Africa.
“The addition of a qualified and highly specialised Director such as Mr. Naidoo will be of tremendous value to NuRAN and its stakeholders. Mr. Naidoo’s experience and connections withing the industry and specifically Africa, our target market, will surely help us to advance this company to the next level” states Francis Letourneau, CEO, NuRAN Wireless Inc.
Navi joined MTN in 1997 and has held various Senior Management positions in Group Technology as well as being the Network Executive from 2013 to 2021. He has had previous assignments in Nigeria, Uganda, Cameroon, and Swaziland, where he was instrumental in the initial planning, deployment, and operation of MTN’s mobile networks in these countries.
He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, Master of Science in Engineering & Electronics, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering & Electronics from the University of Kwazulu-Natal (formerly the University of Natal) in South Africa.
NuRAN would like to thank Kenneth Campbell for his valuable contribution to the Board and wish him continued success.
About NuRAN Wireless:
NuRAN Wireless is a leading rural telecommunications company that meets the growing demand for wireless network coverage in remote and rural regions around the globe. With its affordable and innovative scalable solutions of 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies, NuRAN Wireless offers a new possibility for more than one billion people to communicate effectively over long distances efficiently and affordably. “Bridging the Digital Divide, One Connection at a Time.”
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The estimates included in this news release relating to the calculation of the gross revenue of the agreements with Orange and MTN are based on multiplying an average population per site by the expected penetration rate which yields the number of mobile customers. This is then multiplied by the average revenue per customer per month (ARPU) to derive total revenue. Orange and MTN’s direct costs associated with this revenue are deducted and the resulting amount is shared by both parties. The revenue share only applies to revenue in excess of a guaranteed amount which is the minimum paid to NuRAN. A penetration rate reduction factor has been used to mitigate risk. The base data used to calculate the total potential revenue of this agreement was provided by Orange and MTN based on average population, penetration rate and ARPU. Management of the Company believes that the estimates have been prepared on a reasonable basis, reflecting best estimates and judgments, and based on a number of assumptions management believes are reasonable as well as information provided to the Company by Orange and MTN. However, because this information is highly subjective and subject to numerous risks, including the risks discussed above, it should not be relied on as necessarily indicative of future results. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the estimates prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected.
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