Rural areas in Africa are currently showing strong financial potential for telecom operators. In Cameroon, Orange has decided to invest a little more there. The company wants to bring a set of value-added services, including mobile payment.
The Canadian company NuRAN Wireless Inc, specializing in the provision of mobile and broadband wireless infrastructure solutions, revealed on Thursday April 29 that the 122 telecom sites ordered by Orange Cameroon will be delivered by December. The order was placed in March 2021.
A first batch of 48 sites should be operational in September. The delivery to Douala of all materials and network equipment necessary for the construction of the sites should be completed by the end of July 2021. Regarding the second batch of 74 telecom sites, construction should be completed in May and they will be put into service by the end of the year.
“ We are very happy to have reached such an advanced stage of development on the first 48 sites in Cameroon, in such a short time. The deployment of these sites scheduled for July 2021 will demonstrate our ability to execute on the NaaS (Network-as-a-Service) business model and will also highlight the efficiency and profitability of this model […] The possibility of performing remote banking transactions, accessing healthcare information and communicating widely will result in very significant economic and social benefits for the population, ”said Francis Letourneau, President and CEO of NuRAN.
Orange Cameroon wants to strengthen its network to meet the growing demand for quality telecom services, expressed by a greater number of people. 4G data and Mobile Money are the sectors that have experienced strong enthusiasm since last year, as in all the African markets of the Orange group, explained Stéphane Richard, its Chairman and CEO, last January during the meeting. publication of financial results for 2020.
Future telecom infrastructures will all be built in densely populated rural areas.
Beyond the population’s access to telecom services, the new sites built for Orange translate into additional financial income for NuRan. For the Canadian company, that’s roughly $ 3 million in gross revenue per year, or nearly $ 30 million over the 10-year life of the contract.