Assessing the factors that would shape Nigeria’s towers market
Guest columnist Kenechi Okeleke makes Nigeria the focus of his latest BMI Analysis
Tower sharing in Nigeria: the journey so far
Third-party tower-sharing and site management services have taken off in Nigeria, with two of the big four regional players already active in the market. Helios Towers Nigeria (HTN), IHS and SWAP are the most prominent players in Nigeria’s tower market. The three companies own around 3,000 towers in the country but manage many more on behalf of network operators. This means that the majority of the estimated 25,000 towers in the country are still owned by telecoms service providers.
Meanwhile, the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) estimates that the market needs another 50,000 to 60,000 towers for optimum mobile network coverage across the country.