Introduction to the Kenyan tower market
As Eaton replaces Telkom Kenya’s towers with Airtel’s, TowerXchange reflect on the troubled past and look to the promising future of the tower market in Kenya
The footprint of independent tower companies is extending seemingly inexorably across Africa, gobbling up the majority of towers in countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Zambia and DRC. 75% of Tanzania’s towers have transferred from MNO-captive to independent towerco Helios Towers Tanzania. Yet over the border it was starting to seem that the independent towerco model would not take root in Kenya. Why? And will Eaton’s acquisition of Airtel’s towers, and the potential launch of Open Access LTE, change the market dynamics?
The fundamentals of the Kenyan mobile market look good for the telecom tower industry.