January 2, 2018, Toronto, Ontario. NxGEN Communications Corp. (“NxGEN”) iis proud to announce that it has entered into a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) with ARIF Telecom (“ARIF”) to form a revenue sharing partnership to deliver high speed internet services throughout the Country of Ethiopia. ARIF is the owner of one of four Virtual Internet Service Provider (“vISP”) licenses issued by Ethio Telecom (“ETHIO TEL”), to privatize and expand Internet access to the citizens of Ethiopia.
NxGen will be the technology partner for the deployment of a wide range of communication services to be delivered by ARIF under license arrangements with ETHIO TEL and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (“MCIT”), Ethiopia’s Telecommunications Regulatory body. The parties have agreed to implement NxGen’s hardware/software service offerings to provide bandwidth optimization solutions, including NxAccelerator™, to both business and residential markets throughout Ethiopia.
Pursuant to the LOI, ARIF will pay a one-time license fee based upon the number of internet customers connected in Ethiopia. The parties have further agreed in principle to a revenue sharing arrangement for the monthly recurring service fees charged to ARIF customers, subject to verification of termination and operating costs, which are scheduled to be completed by January 2018. NxGen and ARIF have agreed to launch services in the first quarter of 2018 from ARIF’s data center co-located in the ETHIO TEL data center in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia is the second most populous nation on the African continent with approximately 110 million people, of which only an estimated 16% currently have internet access. The Ethiopian Government have, through MCIT and ETHIO TEL, committed to a vision of dramatically changing access to the internet to facilitate GDP growth for the country. They are mandated to assist with transforming Ethiopia's predominantly subsistence-agriculture economy to an information and knowledge-based economy and society, effectively integrated into the global economy and provide better access for those that are outside metro centers. Currently satellite Internet is available to some large corporations. Individuals are not permitted to have private satellite connections. Service fees are expensive relative to other countries.
ETHIO TEL is facing the challenge of operating in a geographic region which is quite large and does not benefit from widely deployed high quality networks such as fiber-optics. Poor service quality is caused by latency and packet loss which can be significantly mitigated by NxGen’s overlay technology. High quality data transfer capabilities on latent networks is one of the challenges that NxGen will seek to resolve. Optimizing these customer connections to improve data service utilizing a network overlay solution such as NxPath and NxAccelerator at the edge of the network will be further explored across ETHIO TEL’s virtual infrastructure.
“ARIF and NxGen have over the last number of months tested NxAccelerator™ from our offices in Addis Ababa and agreed upon customer router options for deployment as we launch services into the small to medium sized businesses in the 1st quarter of 2018”stated Robel Worku, CEO of ARIF Telecom.
“We have been impressed with both the technology and the strategic market assistance that has been provided by NxGen over the past six months and we look forward to our Internet Service launch and activating the marketing of the NxWave™ products in Ethiopia”added Mr. Worku.
“Communication services are one of the underlying foundational pillars of changing global economies which begins with basic connectivity. In many countries these access points are virtually all wireless. NxGen is pleased and excited to formalize agreements with ARIF and their management team, who have previously launched and continue to operate eWallet and micro payment solutions in Ethiopia”stated Dan Pacholik, CEO of NxGen Communications.
“Ethiopia is a launch point for NxGen into North and Central Africa, where NxAccelerator™ products can dramatically improve services to not only the metro centers but also rural communication services for schools and educational institutions which serve as a common access point for the community”added Mr. Pacholik.
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About ARIF Telecom
ARIF is an Ethiopian based corporation that has received the Country’s first Virtual Internet Service Provider license to deliver enhanced Internet Services to the citizens of Ethiopia. Contact us for more information on ARIF Telecom Call 1-905-920-3370.
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