BMI: positives outweigh negatives for Tanzanian tower market
Favorable macro-economic and political environment, Viettel shakes up mobile market
BMI View, by Amy Cameron, MEA ICT Analyst: Low ARPUs and a large rural population are key factors driving the development of Tanzania’s towers market. Although these circumstances have put a drag on subscriptions growth in recent years, Tanzania’s very bright economic growth outlook combined with the positive impact of falling oil prices could yet accelerate the pace of growth in the mobile market, and increase demand for towers infrastructure.
Tower sharing already the norm
Tanzania is already one of the most developed third-party towers markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. Millicom-owned Tigo was the first operator to offload its portfolio of 1,020 towers to a joint venture with Helios Towers Africa (HTA) in 2011.