Will Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt be the next markets for infrastructure sharing deals?
The grapevine is buzzing that the next infrastructure sharing transactions could take place in the massive and fiercely competitive South African and Nigerian markets
According to September 2012 figures from the NCC, Nigeria has over 107m active mobile subscribers, with teledensity of 76.7%. Networks have become so congested in Nigeria that the NCC recently issued a ban on promotions and lotteries.
Meanwhile, South African publication Tech Central ran a quote from MTN’s Managing Director Karel Pienaar in August 2012, saying: “The reality is, if you look at the infrastructure on the ground, it’s not our core focus, so we don’t leverage it to the extent that perhaps we could. If you put it into an entity that can leverage it, then you have improved efficiencies.”