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NuRAN Wireless obtains operating licence in Cameroon

By , Freelance Investigative Journalist
Cameroon , 20 Oct 2023
Francis Létourneau, CEO of NuRAN Wireless.
Francis Létourneau, CEO of NuRAN Wireless.

NuRAN Wireless, a Canadian provider of mobile and broadband wireless infrastructure solutions, has obtained a Cameroonian operating licence.

NuRAN has been granted a Category 1 licence in Cameroon, allowing it to build and operate a shared passive infrastructure for the country's electronic communication networks.

The company already has a contract in place with the local telecom company Orange Cameroon for the deployment of 122 telecom sites using the Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) business model.

With the new licence, the company will not only be able to complete this order, but will also be in a better position to secure contracts from other telecom service providers looking to expand their networks to meet the country's growing need for high-speed connectivity.

"NuRAN can now provide services similar to other tower companies," said NuRAN Wireless led by CEO Francis Létourneau, in a statement. “ NuRAN can now provide services similar to other tower companies. NuRAN now has this added flexibility in the future and, although not strictly necessary for the current NaaS offering, the license means full satisfaction of the DFI (Development Finance Institution) conditions precedent."

NuRAN signed an agreement in principle with a DFI in 2022 to finance network infrastructure expansion in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

The licence comes as NuRAN's Africa expansion strategy takes shape, with the company aiming to have 10,000 network installations under contract within the next five years.

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