Canadian radio access network (RAN) provider, NuRAN Wireless, has taken a crucial step in Africa by submitting an application for a network infrastructure license in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This decision aims to broaden the company’s service portfolio in the region.
NuRAN’s wholly-owned subsidiary, NuRAN Wireless DRC SARLU, currently offers network-as-a-service (NaaS), allowing mobile network operators to rent individual sites. However, with the potential acquisition of this network infrastructure license, NuRAN could diversify its activities in the DRC by offering Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) services.
This initiative follows the publication of a ministerial decree last month, simplifying the obligations of license holders in the DRC, particularly concerning ownership requirements. By submitting this application, NuRAN is aligning with the new regulations and seeking to strengthen its presence in the telecommunications sector in the DRC.
This move also meets the expectations of the European Investment Bank (EIB), one of NuRAN’s creditors. While the VSAT service is not considered essential for the company’s operations, obtaining this license will help consolidate its financial position and meet the requirements of its financial partners.