Protecting towerco revenues from MNO consolidation in the Irish market
Insights from Irish towerco and fibre business ESB Telecoms
The acquisition of O2 by 3 in Ireland coupled with the EU ruling that Mosaic, the network sharing agreement between Meteor and O2, must remain has effectively created two transmission networks in the Irish market – Vodafone and the rest. Not only must consolidation of the O2 and 3 tower infrastructure take place, but where some towers originally may have had four MNO tenants in the past, this will be reduced to two, threatening towerco revenue. In this interview Ronnie Horan, Infrastructure Manager for ESB Telecoms (which owns and operates 377 of Ireland’s 3,780 towers and manages 1,600km of National fibre optic cable) shares some of the challenges this consolidation has placed on Ireland’s towercos and discusses strategies that the company is deploying to protect their revenues.