A full service model to deliver rural coverage
From tower design to network operation, a trio of linked companies are helping African operators to push into rural areas with a low-cost, zero capex approach
TowerXchange met with South African entrepreneur Sibusiso Mvelase recently to find out more about his new rural offering, Infratel. He explained how the towerco offering grew out of over ten years’ experience providing a full service tower solution for some of Africa’s biggest operators, and how they identified rural coverage as an opportunity to maximise their ultra-low cost tower model. The underlying technology, provided by TAG Telecoms, one of his companies , has already been proven through deployment at 800 sites in the DRC. But now Sibusiso has created leaseback or revenue share options enabling him to offer his ultra-low cost sites on a zero capex basis.