NuRAN Wireless Expands with 250-Site MTN Deal in Africa

NuRAN signs a five-year NaaS agreement with MTN, aiming to connect rural Africa with 250 new sites.

NuRAN Wireless Inc., a leading supplier of mobile and broadband wireless infrastructure solutions, has announced a five-year Network-As-A-Service (“NaaS”) agreement with MTN for the deployment of 250 sites in Africa under the NaaS business model further to its Group Framework Agreement (“GFA”) in place with the MTN Group announced on July 21, 2022.

This agreement is the fifth agreement signed with MTN totaling 2,150 sites in five different countries, representing up to approximately US$ 27 million in revenues over the course of five years assuming that the 250 sites are completed. The five-year term of the NaaS pursuant to the GFA can be extended or renewed for an additional five years subject to an extension or renewal agreement.  The estimated gross revenues are based on Geo-Marketing analysis of the potential revenue that an average site can generate from the Country data (Average Revenue per User and rural penetration rate) provided by the Mobile Network Operator. They are subject to, among other things, associated project expenses including expenses associated with satellite bandwidth, site lease, network operations center expenses, curative and preventative maintenance fees, project management and monitoring fees, financing for the build out of the sites, and insurance. Fees for the NaaS services provided by NuRAN under the agreements are paid on a revenue-sharing basis. The projects are expected to support 2G and 3G with a variety of site categories to cover different population densities and coverage areas. NuRAN expects to retain ownership of the infrastructure after completion of the contract which increases the overall value of the agreement.

We are thrilled to announce this contract with MTN, marking another milestone in NuRAN’s commitment to empower 50 million lives and connect rural communities in this region. Recognizing the untapped potential of the rural market, this 250-site contract signifies our dedication to empowering the rural populations in Africa. We appreciate MTN’s continued trust and support, fostering a strong and mutually beneficial relationship. With the addition of these 250 sites, NuRAN now has a total of 4,892 sites under contract, and we are rapidly progressing towards our goal of reaching 10,000 sites within the next five years. NuRAN is proud to lead the way in our mission to provide essential mobile connectivity in a cost-effective, profitable, and environmentally friendly manner.

Francis Letourneau, CEO, NuRAN

The Company intends to fund the deployment of the sites through asset-based project financing or similar debt-oriented facilities. Such financing options and sources are being investigated with a view of carrying out deployments in the most efficient manner.

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