NAZA COMMUNICATIONS, THE FIRST TOWERCO TO BRIDGE CONNECTIVITY FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES WITH NURI PROGRAM
Naza Communications Sdn Bhd, an integrated telecommunications infrastructure services provider and subsidiary of Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its pioneering group of collaboration partners, which are Malaysian app developers Car Bengkel, Ezyhaul, Living Space, My Homestay Malaysia and the Telecommunications Engineering College (TEC) – to implement and accelerate the NURI Program, rural empowerment initiative. The NURI Program will see Naza Communications as the first towerco in Malaysia to implement such an initiative.
100% driven by Naza Communications, the NURI program is a multi-phase 3-year program which aims to empower rural communities in Malaysia by using mobile broadband as an enabler. Naza Communications plans to achieve its objective through 3 criteria: increase the income of selected rural communities through the mobile economy; utilize mobile apps in assisting the transformation of rural areas to uplift their well-being; and instill responsible Internet usage to promote lifelong learning and skills enhancement.
The NURI Program will be implemented around 200 villages in 80 locations nationwide which will be rolled out in 3 phases throughout a 36-month plan, with Northern and Eastern regions of Peninsula Malaysia and East Malaysia identified as suitable recipients.
“Malaysians are more connected to each other than ever before, and we aim to leverage on this connectivity to further enable and empower rural communities in Malaysia,” said Mr. Subhash Devan, Chief Operating Officer of Naza Communications. “It is for that reason Naza Communications is introducing the NURI Program to empower rural communities by bringing the knowledge and expertise that will help them to be connected to the rest of the world.”
“In accordance to the 11th Malaysia Plan, Naza Communications is taking the lead in improving the lives of fellow Malaysians by rapidly executing the NURI program – a high impact, low cost solution which is part of our National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS),” said En. SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin, Chairman and CEO of Naza Communications. “As Naza Corporation Holdings aligns itself with the government’s direction for Transformasi Nasional 2050 plan, we have identified the development of our rural communities as a crucial step towards advancing Malaysia into a developed nation 2050. Our rural communities are the heart of Malaysia, and we aim to offer them as much opportunities in the mobile economy as possible.”
The first phase of the NURI Program has already been carried out earlier this year at 10 villages:
- Kedah: Kampung Kuala Merah, Kampung Pong Utara Dalam, Kampung Pinang, Bukit Jagung, Kampung Alor Bt Selingsing, Kampung Felda Gunong Bongsu, Kampung Wang Perah, Kampung Kubang Lerek, and Kampung Kejai.
- Perak: Kampung Cheh Hulu
As the telecommunications arm of Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd, Naza Communications aims to become a strategic enabler of mobile broadband for the rural community, which is also a significant percentage of B40 households in Malaysia. The MoU also details that Naza Communications will engage Telecommunications Engineering College (TEC) as its education partner, and together with Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB) and Yayasan Peneraju Bumiputera (Yayasan Peneraju) aim to implement the Graduates ENhancEment pRogrAmme for Employability (GENERATE) and Peneraju Skil Iltizam programs to develop skilled technicians among school leavers and unemployed graduates in selected villages. TEC will be a one stop centre to deliver the learning needs for the program.
About Naza Communications Sdn Bhd
Naza Communications Sdn Bhd is a fully owned subsidiary under the umbrella of the Naza Group. Established in 2014, Naza Communications is licensed under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (“CMA”) to provide integrated telecommunications infrastructure services, which include passive infrastructure rental, Tower Management, Network Design Capability/Periodic Benchmarking, Integrated Document Solutions. With its wide catalogue and superior engineering designs and solutions, Naza Communications works with most of the top telecommunications operators in Malaysia.
About Naza Group:
The Naza Group of Companies began operations in 1974 as a motor trading company by the late Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin SM Amin. He later expanded the companies in the group to include automotive franchises, property development, hotel management and food and beverage (F&B).
The group captured its first automotive franchise in the late 90s from South Korean car maker, Kia Motors Corporation, through its unit, Naza Kia Malaysia Sdn Bhd, which later in 2001 became a full-fledged auto assembler with the introduction of the locally-assembled Kia Spectra.
In 2008, the Naza Group’s unit, Nasim Sdn Bhd, became the exclusive distributor of the French marquee, Peugeot. Following the group’s success in marketing the Peugeot brand in Malaysia, the French car maker announced in 2010 Malaysia will be made its hub for the Asean region.
Subsequently in 2013, PSA Peugeot Citroën appointed Naza Group as the official distributor for the Citroën brand in Malaysia.
Besides Kia and Peugeot, the Naza Group is also the official distributor for Ferrari, Maserati, Brabus, Harley-Davidson and Ducati in Malaysia.
On property development, the Naza Group acquired TTDI Development Sdn Bhd from Danaharta in 2004. Today, Naza TTDI is the developer for several high-impact property projects, namely KL Metropolis and Platinum Park in Kuala Lumpur.
The Naza Group also set up Naza Communications Sdn Bhd, a fully owned subsidiary which actively engages in the business of integrated telecommunications infrastructure services.
Besides the automotive, property development and telecommunications businesses, the Naza Group is also involved in the F&B industry as the franchise holder of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co chain and Morelli’s Gelato chain in Malaysia. The company also owns casual dining BLVD House in Platinum Park, KL and bakery cum cafe Dotty’s.
For more information on the Naza Group of Companies, please visit www.naza.com.my