BMI industry trend analysis – MTN fine the catalyst for South African tower sales

The potential evolution of tower transactions in Africa’s most developed mobile market

Read this article to learn:

  • How MTN’s fine in Nigeria will impact their appetite to divest towers in Africa
  • Forecasts for growth of data usage and mobile subscriptions in South Africa
  • Interest in sub-Saharan Africa from towercos outside of the big four
  • To what extent a sale of MTN towers would influence the strategies of South Africa’s other MNOs
  • Macroeconomic challenges impacting on South Africa’s mobile market

MTN’s multi-billion dollar fine in Nigeria will force the operator to advance its plans to sell its towers in South Africa. Smaller operators will likely follow suit, but Vodacom’s strong financial and competitive position mean it has little need to sell its towers, too. Competitive bidding between four major tower companies for access to the…

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