NuRAN Wireless Inc., a supplier of mobile and broadband wireless solutions has been selected by Globe Telecom in the Philippines to perform the next phase of the operator’s ongoing rural connectivity program.
Globe’s selection of NuRAN solution follows a successful 2-site trial conducted with the same equipment in the 4th quarter of 2016. This new phase, still considered a small-scale experiment, consists of the deployment and live operation of 50 sites within various Barangays or Villages in the Philippines, all of which to be connected using a de-centralized GSM network topology.
The 50 sites will use NuRAN’s LiteCell 1.5 base stations, along with the recently-announced NuRAN Open Access (NOA) software suite, which includes the Community Cellular Manager (CCM). NOA and CCM create a new and innovative way of connecting the Next Billion, which Globe will leverage to manage prepaid charging while forging business partnerships with local and regional organizations to carry out on-ground operations.
“We are proud to be partnering with Globe Telecom on this important initiative. The Philippines is an important market for NuRAN with a large rural and remote population desperate for connectivity. This deployment further strengthens our relationship with Globe Telecom, the number one mobile brand in the Philippines” stated Martin Bedard, co-CEO of NuRAN Wireless.
In 2016, NuRAN Wireless and Globe Telecom announced the completion of a successful trial for TV White Space (“TVWS”) backhaul. Both of these initiatives have the common goal of connecting largely remote and unserved or underserved population of the Philippines.