Mr. Francis Letourneau reports
NURAN SIGNS US $125 MILLION NAAS CONTRACT WITH MTN SUDAN
Nuran Wireless Inc. has signed a definitive 10 year network-as-a-service (NaaS) contract with MTN Sudan Company Ltd. for the deployment of rural mobile infrastructure in Sudan.
The 10-year agreement is estimated to represent up to approximately $125-million (U.S.) in revenues over the course of the contract, assuming that the 500 estimated sites are completed. The estimated revenues are subject to associated project expenses including expenses associated with satellite bandwidth, site lease, network operations centre expenses, curative and preventative maintenance fees, project management and monitoring fees, and insurance. Fees for the NaaS services provided by Nuran under the agreement are paid on a revenue-sharing basis. The project will support 2G and 3G, with a variety of site categories to cover different population densities and coverage areas. Nuran expects to retain the ownership of the infrastructure after completion of the contract which increases the value of the agreement.
"This is another important milestone for Nuran as we press ahead to our stated goal of having 10,000 sites under contract. This contract also further solidifies our growing relationship with MTN as a key partner in bringing mobile connectivity to the people that need it the most. Mobile connectivity is a life blood to these communities and Nuran is extremely proud to be at the centre of bridging this important gap," stated Francis Letourneau, chief executive officer at Nuran Wireless.
Following recently announced agreements with MTN South Sudan and Namibia, this agreement with another subsidiary of MTN is intended to continue to build on Nuran's NaaS expansion in Africa and expand the company's relationship with MTN. Nuran now has 3,192 sites in five countries throughout Africa under contract in pursuit of its overall objective of 10,000 sites under contract.
Pursuant to the terms of the contract, the parties intend to install a minimum of 500 rural networking sites in Sudan. The number of sites may be increased and will fluctuate as the project is under way subject to factors such as penetration rate, ARPU (average revenue per user) and network charges to be further refined, provided that the project will be subject to a minimum number of 500 sites over the 10-year term of the agreement.
The Nuran NaaS model facilitates network expansion for mobile operators by managing and controlling the build, operation and maintenance of cellular sites, along with associated capital expenditures. The sites are then monetized by providing connectivity on a paid-for-service basis. Leveraging its carrier-grade mobile network infrastructure solutions, as well as its extensive expertise in the building of cost-effective cellular infrastructure, Nuran is able to establish network operations from the ground up with an exceptional return on investment. While deployments under the NaaS model require the company to make upfront investments, they generate significant value whereby Nuran benefits from long-term recurring revenues with compelling returns. The company intends to finance such deployments mostly through asset-based project financing or similar debt-oriented facilities. Such financing options and sources are being investigated with a view to carrying out deployments in the most efficient manner.
About Nuran Wireless Inc.
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.
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