Ethiopia Focus Group report: what we know about opportunities in the liberalising market so far
By the end of Q2 2020, three MNOs should be active and towercos will be on their way to adding 5,800 towers over the next three years
Is Ethiopia about to host the next ‘land grab’ for the tower industry? That was the view at the TowerXchange Meetup Africa’s Focus Group on Ethiopia. After considerable growth from 2013 to 2016, telecoms network investment slowed, leading to a new push by the government to part-privatise the incumbent telecoms operator and issue two new licences to kick start a telecoms boom.
Investment by towercos is likely to be central to enabling rapid network expansion and densification in the country, and thousands of new sites will be built over the next few years. Updating our last editorial on Ethiopia with insights from our Focus Group, TowerXchange examines the opportunity.