Sub-Saharan Africa news
A roundup of tower news across SSA
DRC: Helios to invest in backbone
Helios Towers are building a 1,800km backbone in the DRC. The backbone network will include dozens of 80-100m towers, which will reach above the forest canopy onto which will be mounted huge backhaul dishes. The towers, each around 40km apart will bring 2G for the first time to many regions, and will also bring 3G and 4G to remote parts of the country.
Ethiopia: Viettel eyeing market entry
Vietnamese telecom company Viettel is considering opportunities to enter the Ethiopian market, following the government’s plans to liberalise the telecoms sector. The opening up of the Ethiopian monopoly on the telecoms sector is a huge opportunity, and could take the form of a sale of a stake in state-owned Ethio Telecom, the granting of new licenses or some combination of both options.