NuRAN Reaches Major Commercial Milestone - Generates Initial NaaS Revenues in 2021
QUEBEC, QC / ACCESSWIRE / January 12, 2022 / NuRAN Wireless Inc. (“NuRAN” or the “Company”) (CSE:NUR)(OTC PINK:NRRWF)(FSE:1RN), a leading rural telecommunications company, is pleased to provide the following update on the deployment of the first 32 sites in Cameroon in 2021:
- Total population covered 140,757 inhabitants.
- An average 45.9% penetration rate including approximately 64,000 users have connected to the NuRAN network (NuRAN’s initial projections were based on a 24% penetration rate).
- 16 of the 32 sites are already generating more revenue than the previously announced minimum guaranteed monthly fee paid by Orange which is on average $1,225 CAD per site.
- Based on the average revenue currently generated from these sites, NuRAN is now on a projected run rate of $2,335 CAD per site.
- Due to very high traffic on 4 of the sites, NuRAN is already planning to upgrade the capacity of these sites to maximize revenue.
- 90% of the sites are showing 98.8% quality of service, far exceeding the minimum requirement of 90%.
- NuRAN issued its first invoices to Orange Cameroon for sites deployed from September to December.
NuRAN currently has 2,492 Network as a Service (“NaaS”) sites under contract with Orange Cameroon, Orange Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and MTN South Sudan. Based on a minimum guaranteed revenue stipulated within the contracts, NuRAN estimates that it would generate approximately $3,000,000 CAD per month once all sites are deployed. The current trend outlined above suggests revenue could reach approximately $5,800,000 CAD per month assuming above mentioned run rate. NuRAN is currently targeting a minimum of 10,000 sites under contract by 2026. NuRAN will continue to provide updates as sites go live and as more usage data becomes available.
“We are extremely pleased by these initial results. They further enhance and confirm our revenue potential and more importantly exceeds our current revenue expectations. As we continue to deploy more sites, our revenues will grow accordingly. This will also serve to validate our overall revenue potential as we continue to add more countries and more sites to our growing list of sites under contract” stated Francis Letourneau, CEO of NuRAN.
NuRAN is also pleased to announce the signing of its Distribution Contract with Orange DRC. Under the terms of the contract, NuRAN will be responsible for the sales and distribution of airtime, sim cards, mobile phones and other products and services offered by Orange in the DRC. This is expected to generate 5 to 6% commissions on the different products and services and to further solidify NuRAN’s local presence and increase its potential revenue from installed sites by offering ancillary goods and services.
About NuRAN Wireless:
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. “Bridging the Digital Divide, One Connection at a Time.”
For further information about NuRAN Wireless: www.nuranwireless.com
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To the extent any forward-looking information in this press release constitutes “future-oriented financial information” or “financial outlooks” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws, such information is being provided to demonstrate the anticipated revenues of the Company from the installation of sites under its NAAS agreements and the reader is cautioned that this information may not be appropriate for any other purpose and the reader should not place undue reliance on such future-oriented financial information and financial outlooks. Future-oriented financial information and financial outlooks, as with forward-looking information generally, are, without limitation, based on the assumptions and subject to the risks set out above under the heading ” Forward-Looking Information”. The estimates included in this news release relating to the calculation of the gross revenue of the Company’s NAAS Agreements are based on multiplying an average population per site by the expected penetration rate which yields the number of mobile customers. This is then multiplied by the average revenue per customer per month (ARPU) to derive total revenue. Our NAAS partner’s direct costs associated with this revenue are deducted and the resulting amount is shared by both parties. The revenue share only applies to revenue in excess of a guaranteed amount which is the minimum paid to NuRAN. A penetration rate reduction factor has been used to mitigate risk. The base data used to calculate the total potential revenue of this agreement was provided by our NAAS partners based on average population, penetration rate and ARPU. Management of the Company believes that the estimates have been prepared on a reasonable basis, reflecting best estimates and judgments, and based on a number of assumptions management believes are reasonable as well as information provided to the Company by our NAAS partner. However, because this information is highly subjective and subject to numerous risks, including the risks discussed above, it should not be relied on as necessarily indicative of future results. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the estimates prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected.
SOURCE: NuRAN Wireless Inc.
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