Low cost base station operator NuRAN Wireless Expands African Operations
NuRAN Wireless Inc. has announced that it has expanded its operations in Africa and received its first order in the continent for GSM LiteCell, its low-power (54W), low-OPEX GSM base station designed specifically for use in rural and low-density, lower-ARPU urban areas.
Despite being a relatively new entrant into the rural GSM market, NuRAN's GSM LiteCell has already been deployed in both Mexico and Asia where it has given rural communities network coverage for the very first time.
It is now being trialled by a number of operators and community organisations in Africa which want to provide voice coverage to villages in rural areas not currently covered by any kind of voice or data network – and in urban areas where there are still opportunities to provide an affordable service to lower-ARPU customers.
Wireless ISPs providing data in rural areas in Africa are also examining GSM LiteCell so that they add reliable voice service to their portfolio offering
Francis Letourneau, VP of Sales & Marketing at NuRAN, said "We've spent several years researching the unique cellular needs of lower-ARPU markets and have avoided the errors made in the past. In particular, other vendors have claimed that their BTSs only require 50W but those in the field know the realities. Our 54W BTS is genuine.”
He continued: "Facebook is aiming to provide internet connectivity to rural areas. We, however, are focusing on enabling people in these areas to actually make a phone call from their homes and businesses first. We've had a lot of interest from South Africa where the penetration rate is over 100% and coverage is widespread so it's clear there are still gaps in the market there.”
Source: Press Release 4 March 2015