The unique structure of the UK tower market

‘Business as usual’ in the increasingly likely event of the O2-Three merger collapsing

Read this article to learn:

  • What are CTIL and MBNL? How do their business models differ
  • The implications of MNO consolidation (or not!) for the UK tower industry
  • The need for greater transparency into MNOs’ network capex
  • Lessons learned trying to drive uncommercial coverage
  • Leveraging rail infrastructure

Joint venture infrastructure companies CTIL (Vodafone + O2) and MBNL (Three + EE / BT) operate parallel yet subtly different siteshare businesses, and operate more than half the UK’s ~40,000 active towers. Each has different models of sharing and asset ownership. CTIL and MBNL each has around 20,000 sites, around two thirds of which are…

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