An operator’s experience of working with towercos
Orange’s experiences with infrastructure sharing, QoS and BTS in partnership with IHS in Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire
In 2013, Orange outsourced a little over 2,000 towers in Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire to IHS under a managed services plus build-to-suit programme. The deal followed soon after MTN transferring a similar number of towers to the same towerco, so TowerXchange thought it would be timely to reflect on the first year or so of independent towerco operations in the two West African countries, looking first from the operator’s perspective.
TowerXchange: What motivated Orange’s decision to outsource your towers in Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire?
Michel Faivre, Directeur Programme Partage d’Infrastructure AMEA, Orange:
We usually have the same motivation when outsourcing our towers; to decrease opex and improve QoS, in addition to extending our network without capex.