BMI on the Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger tower markets
Guest columnist Kenechi Okeleke looks at three countries where Airtel and Etisalat are considering outsourcing their towers
Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger offer strong expansion opportunities for independent tower firms considering the level of mobile competition and the prospect of subscriptions growth in each of the countries. But are the risks worth the efforts and investment? BMI highlights some risks that tower firms and their suppliers must consider in their bids to enter those countries.
Before the second half of 2013, Africa-focused tower firms and their suppliers took a long-term view of possible expansion into Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger. That view changed significantly in the months following the announcements by Airtel and Etisalat that they planned to outsource the management of mobile towers owned by their respective subsidiaries across Africa, including the three landlocked West African nations.