MNOs seek alternatives to towercos
Towercos remain important partners for towercos in Africa, but unless they respond to MNO concerns they will miss out on opportunities
TowerXchange Meetup Africa opened with a mobile network operator-led panel on the 8th October 2019. Our panellists discussed their aims and goals for improving towerco-MNO relations, and also the alternatives which mobile operators were exploring for helping them build networks faster and reach customers more quickly. We welcomed Airtel Africa’s CTO Razvan Urugeanu, Navi Naidoo, CTO of MTN Group and head of their rural connectivity programme and Ian Paterson, Chief Investment Officer of Africell – a tier 2 operator with operations in Gambia, Sierra Leone, DRC and Uganda.
The good, the bad and the ugly
Our panel of mobile operators had some tough home truths for their towercos, as well as some kind words too.