Vodacom’s multi-tenant investment dilemma
Pedro Rabacal, Network Officer, International at Vodacom succinctly summarises the investment dilemma facing many operators as they consider whether to invest in shareability
“Do we build cheaper, low capacity, single tenant towers, spreading our investment for a wider footprint?” Asks Rabacal, “or do we invest two and a half to three times as much in multi-tenant sites with more expensive generators? And how do we balance that with the cost of installation in rural areas, areas where we might need to be efficient enough to serve a $10 per week ARPU environment?”
Should tower portfolios in Africa be built with sharing in mind? Warid’s network rollout was co-ordinated with Orange from the outset, yielding a solid tenancy ratio (and a good sale price) when the towers were sold to Eaton.