Quebec, QC, Canada, August 18, 2016 – NuRAN Wireless Inc. (“NuRAN Wireless” or the “Company”) (CSE: NUR), a leading supplier of mobile and broadband wireless solutions to connect the next billion, is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed the previously announced (November 24, 2015) Amotel trial in Tanzania with its partner World Telecom Labs (WTL). AMOTEL is the first licensed Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) in Tanzania with a mission to embrace new innovations and developments to serve the rural areas.
This is a major step forward for NuRAN in its objective to connect the next Billion. Tanzania has a rural population of approximately 28 million and the Amotel plan is to connect up to 550 villages within the next two years. The combination of NuRAN’s lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) incorporated into WTL’s Vivada system for Voice and Data brings a complete solution for the population.
WTL’s Managing Director Leigh Smith said “We are very pleased with the final results of the trial in Tanzania. We were always expecting that the results would be as anticipated given our history with the NuRAN low power and robust base station. NuRAN has the most innovative solution in the marketplace and its distinct attributes will lead to a strong demand for its products throughout all of Africa. “
Francis Letourneau, VP Sales & Marketing at NuRAN, said “We are making tremendous progress with our rural offering as demonstrated through our strong pipeline of trials and leads throughout the world. The successful Tanzanian trial will be repeated often over the coming months as we are currently in many trials throughout the world. We expect to ramp up our deployment of our base stations as a direct result of these successful trials.”
The Tanzania project is financed by the Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF) as part of a US$9.6 million investment to improve connectivity in Tanzania.
Attached is a link to the GSMA Mobile 360 conference press release whereby World Telecom Labs (WTL) and AMOTEL announce that the network they have built in rural Tanzania is now live with residents in three remote villages able to make calls and use the internet for the first time.
NuRAN’s GSM LiteCell was designed specifically for use in rural and low-density, lower ARPU (average revenue per user) urban and rural areas. The GSM LiteCell is also being trialled in many other countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America with similar large rural communities. These areas will get network coverage for the very first time at an extremely low cost. It will provide voice coverage to villages in rural areas currently without any kind of voice or data network, but also to urban areas where there are still opportunities to provide an affordable service to lower ARPU customers.
Award Winning World Telecom Labs (WTL) has a strong reputation for providing solutions which are innovative, practical and cost-effective to operators in more than 32 countries across Africa as well as in the Middle East, Asia and South America.
NuRAN Wireless’ GSM LiteCell includes the following features:
- Requires just 54W and can be powered by solar, grid electricity or generators
- Contains two TRX which enable 30 simultaneous calls
- A 20 kilometer radius for each GSM LiteCell
- An all-IP interface makes it easy to connect to any type of backhaul, including DSL, microwave, and satellite
- On-site BSC and advanced compression features reduce the amount of traffic exchanged on the backhaul and increase tolerance to latency
- The compact size and simplicity of the LiteCell makes it possible for a single, untrained person to perform the site installation. Ongoing maintenance is minimal.
About World Telecom Labs
World Telecom Labs is a Belgium-based company, which has long been a leader in the provision of VoIP & SMS switches, Pre-Paid applications and signaling gateways for emerging carriers and telecom service operators.
WTL has an installed base of 100,000s of voice ports with service providers worldwide switching billions of minutes of VoIP traffic using WTL equipment.
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