Regulatory focus group

Characterising and tackling threats to the independent towerco market globally

Wednesday 4 October 2017
09.30 – 12.30

In order to facilitate open dialogue, this session is for towerco management teams exclusively and will be held under Chatham House rule.


Globally, TowerXchange track 256 towercos. It’s a small community and a community often poorly understood by third parties it comes into contact with; from landowners and local communities to regulators and government departments.

Often incorrectly grouped with spectrum holding operators and increasingly subjected to new taxes and local ownership stipulations, such classification and treatment of the sector presents a threat to the towerco business model.

This October we invite towerco management teams and legal and regulatory departments to join a half day focus group designed to look at some of the emerging threats to the towerco industry and how we can collectively, as industry, look to address them.

Key discussion points:

– Regulatory overreach being observed in the towerco sector globally and the perception on how this could evolve
– Challenges dealing with multiple federal and local jurisdictions and the taxes and permits imposed
– The level and structure of engagement with regulators in participant jurisdictions: is this currently working?
– What key issues are keeping regulatory and legal teams up at night?
– Experience of working with local telecom associations: How extensively do MNO and towerco needs converge? is – there are a need for multiple local or regional towerco bodies? What can be learned from TAIPA in India?
– What outside support/ insight would be useful in tackling some of the challenges raised?


Further reading:
At the end of 2016 in partnership with the IFC, we hosted a workshop on how to regulate the tower industry with a select few regulators: you can read the full report here