Lessons learned from the MNO panel session at the TowerXchange Meetup Africa
Five of Africa’s leading operators reveal the drivers and future of their tower strategies
Prakash Ranjalkar has been fostering Airtel’s passive infrastructure assets in SSA until their imminent transfer to the towercos; he currently serves as CEO of Airtel’s Africa Towers entity. TowerXchange ‘Inner Circle’ advisory board member Michel Faivre has led Orange’s infrastructure sharing programme for several years. Tim Knowles represented both an M&A perspective and that of Etisalat, who of course recently sold 2,136 towers in Nigeria. Riana Donaldson was a key part of the team that outsourced towers to Eaton at Vodafone Ghana – she now serves as Manager: Network International for Vodacom. And Sudhir Chopra, Group CTO of Smile, represented the tenant’s point of view as the foremost of Africa’s many new entrant 4G plays.