Quebec, QC, July 24th 2017 – NuRAN Wireless Inc. (“NuRAN Wireless” or the “Company”) (CSE:NUR) (OTC: NRRWF) is pleased to announce that its GSM LiteRAN 2G solution was selected by Raeanna Group, a wholesale operator. Raeanna Group is now committed to the deployment of over 1000 sites in Nigeria over the next five years. This commitment is further to the May 25 press release whereby NuRAN had announced receiving an order for hundreds of sites from an undisclosed Tier One Operator in Africa worth over $4 Million.
The initial deployment of NuRAN’s complete Radio Access Network was performed in February 2017 in five sites located in semi-urban and rural areas of Nigeria in the states of Delta, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom.
“As an innovative technology company, Raeanna has in its vision to transform hamlets and villages within Nigeria and other African countries with a view to improving the standard of living within our rural communities. This is achieved through the deployment of low powered base transceiver station (BTS) sites in previously un-served and under-served communities.
The deployment of these BTS sites which provides data and voice services to the communities has provided Raeanna a unique platform for the implementation of e-centres in these communities. These e-centres provide e-banking, e-learning and e-clinic services among others.
Raeanna in conjunction with its Canadian strategic partners NuRAN Wireless and Clear Blue Technologies have committed to deploying over 1000 of BTS sites and e-centre solutions throughout Nigeria over the next five years.” explained Tunji Alabi, Executive Director at Raeanna Group.
2G remains an important technology in Sub-Saharan Africa. The 2017 GSMA Mobile Economy report states that Sub-Saharan Africa is still dominated by 2G networks with approximately 61% of its subscribers. With two thirds of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa living in rural and remote communities and with total unique subscriber penetration at 44%, there’s still a lot of work to do in connecting these communities.
“This deployment continues to demonstrate the strength of the NuRAN Wireless portfolio of products and its relevance and need for markets such as Nigeria. The importance of connecting these communities remains at the forefront of what we strive to achieve. The potential for the rest of the African continent remains enormous” states Bradley Shaw, Regional Manager Middle East and Africa for NuRAN Wireless.
The impact of connectivity and of the services it allows such as e-banking on the social and economic development of these communities is highly important and critical. Based on a Deloitte study of 74 countries realized for GSMA, a 10% increase in mobile penetration increases Total Factor Productivity in the long run by 4.2%.
“Light has shined and darkness has been given way in our dear community in Idheze, Isoko local government area of Delta State, Nigeria, by the worthy provision of network infrastructure triggered by Raeanna Nigeria limited and its partners. On behalf of Idheze community, I wish to say many thanks to the precursors of the network infrastructure- the entire management of Raeanna Group for a task well accomplished. Bravo and Gracias!!” claimed Chris Olakpe, Aig (Chief) of the Idheze community.
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