SBA Communications to enter South Africa with planned Atlas Towers SA acquisition

Long only active in the Americas, SBA Communications enters Africa by acquiring the continent’s fastest growing towerco

Read this article to learn:

  • Details of SBA’s relationship with and acquisition of Atlas Towers SA
  • What makes South Africa different to other African markets
  • Expectations for densification for 4G and 5G in South Africa
  • Why South African towercos are moving towards a “power-as-a-service” model
  • Predictions for the long-tail of middle-market towercos in South Africa

In August this year, SBA Communications announced it intended to exercise and close its option to acquire all but 6% of Atlas Towers SA, co-founded by Nate Foster and Randi Clendennen. SBA Communication has made a total investment of US$140mn to acquire 94% of the South African towerco. Atlas SA is expected to generate annual…

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