News in brief from the tower industry across Asia
Afghanistan: Operational challenges may lead to tower deals
Some MNOs in Afghanistan are considering divesting their tower networks to increase efficiency and remain competitive. This could open the Afghan market for new tower transactions in the near future. There were 5,897 towers in Afghanistan in 2015 of which ~1,500 are on the balance sheet of Frontier Tower Solutions, a subsidiary of AWCC. Roshan, MTN and Etisalat’s towers remain operator-captive… for now!
Bangladesh: Merger between Robi and Airtel approved by PM
Bangladesh’s Prime Minister’s office approved the planned merger of Robi Axiata and Airtel, which was first announced in January.