A guide to the changing structure of the Indian MNO and tower ecosystems
As the market continues to reshape, TowerXchange offers some clarity
In a mix of rumours and done deals, India hasn’t relented in its flow of news. In this editorial, TowerXchange offers its readers a no frills vision on what is happening in the country, some of its most intricate scenarios as well as nine simple outcomes that the industry might deliver in the short term.
India is a mature tower market but also an evolving one whose shape is likely to change considerably over the next few months. With as many as 43 broadband service providers, many of which only operate in a handful of circles, it comes as no surprise that the top MNOs look at ways to improve their financial efficiency, resulting in merger talks between Vodafone and Idea Cellular, Bharti and Tata Teleservices, MTNL and BSNL (as well as the now collapsed Reliance Communications and Aircel deal) all hitting the news.