Canada-based mobile and broadband wireless solutions provider NuRAN Wireless has announced that it has been selected by Globe Telecom of the Philippines to perform the next phase of the operator’s ongoing rural connectivity programme. Following a successful pilot trial in two sites in Q4 2016, the pair have decided to expand deployment onto a greater scale, comprising the rollout of a live network of 50 sites within various Barangays (or villages) in the Philippines, all of which will be connected using what NuRAN terms a de-centralised GSM network topology. The vendor will install its NuRAN LiteCell 1.5 base stations, along with the recently-announced NuRAN Open Access (NOA) software suite, which includes its Community Cellular Manager (CCM) product. NuRAN confirms that NOA and CCM allow Globe to better manage pre-paid charging as it ramps up its rollout in rural and remote areas where the population is desperate for connectivity. Only last year, NuRAN Wireless and Globe Telecom announced the completion of a successful trial for TV White Space (TVWS) backhaul which was another initiative to boost rural connectivity.