MTN South Sudan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Quebec-based vendor NuRAN Wireless for the deployment of a number of network-as-a-service (NaaS) rural cell sites. Pursuant to the terms of the MoU, the two parties intend to install a minimum of 250 rural networking sites in South Sudan within the next 24 months – subject to the conclusion of a definitive agreement within four months of the MoU being signed. The vendor notes that the sites will be deployed under a build, own, operate, and transfer (BOOT) revenue-sharing model.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, MTN is South Sudan’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, serving 1.829 million users as of 31 March 2021, or 62.4% of all South Sudanese mobile users. At that date the country had the second lowest wireless population penetration rate in Africa (26.1%), with only Eritrea accounting for a weaker penetration rate as of 1Q21 (18.7%).