Airtel offloads 3,500 towers to Eaton

The outsourcing of cell tower management continues apace in Africa as Bharti Airtel on Monday agreed to offload over 3,500 telecom towers to emerging markets management company Eaton Towers.

IHS to take over MTN Nigeria’s towers through joint venture

African tower management specialist IHS Holding (IHS) announced today it has agreed on principle on a joint venture to form a new towers company with operator MTN. Under the deal, which is expected to reduce MTN’s operational cost, boost network efficiency and expand its voice and data capacity, IHS will have full operational control of MTN’s 9,151 mobile network towers in Nigeria.

Etisalat sells Nigerian cell towers

The African telecoms market has long been a pioneer of cell tower sharing and outsourcing and on Friday operator group Etisalat voted in favour of the model with a proposal to sell 2,136 towers in Nigeria to regional tower management specialist IHS Holding.