A roundup of tower news across SSA and MENA
Algeria: Operators commence 4G deployment; Ooredoo and Djezzy discuss RANsharing
Following the award of 4G licenses to all three of Algeria’s MNOs in May of this year, Ooredoo announced the pre-commercial launch of Algeria’s first 4G network this July in the Tiemcen province with Djezzy expecting to launch 4G services in Q416. The two operators have entered into a RANsharing agreement to explore the more cost effective rollout of their networks, although details of the arrangement and the number of sites which it governs are still to be ironed out.
Burkina Faso, Kenya, Sierra Leone: Orange exits Kenya , enters Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone
Orange has completed the sale of its entire 70% stake in Telkom Kenya to investment firm, Helios Investment Partners, whilst the Kenyan government retains their 30% stake in the operator.