Country risk factors weigh on investment strategies in DRC

Guest columnist Kenechi Okeleke examines the risks and rewards of investing in the tower industry in the DRC

Read this article to learn:

  • Scale and growth opportunities for the tower industry in DRC; high population, low but fast growing subscriber base
  • The market share of the DRC’s six MNOs and prospects for MTN or Viettel to enter the market
  • How declining ARPU and high opex and capex are driving efficiency improvements such as infrastructure sharing
  • Political and macroeconomic risks in DRC
  • How a vibrant independent tower market could help MNOs ride out political and economic storms, rewarding towercos with high tenancy ratios

From a purely telecoms perspective, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of the most attractive markets for investment in Sub-Saharan Africa. The country has the third highest population in region, after Nigeria and Ethiopia, but one of the lowest penetration rates at 36.8% at the end of September 2013, according to BMI…

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