Vodacom Tanzania sells tower assets

Mobile tower outsourcing in Africa continues apace with Vodacom Tanzania on Monday striking a deal to offload its entire tower network to Helios Towers and rent access back.

The agreement involves the transfer of 1,149 existing telecoms towers from Vodacom to Helios and a commitment to an ambitious, short-term rollout which will see a significant increase in towers, more than doubling the infrastructure firm’s existing presence in Tanzania.

As a result, Helios will be providing close to 2,700 points of service to Vodacom and affiliates across the country, while Helios’ tower coverage in Africa will expand to 4,700 owned towers.

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Financial details were not disclosed, but Vodacom will acquire a 24.5 per cent share in Helios’ Tanzanian subsidiary.

African mobile operators have been enthusiastic in their adoption of the tower network outsourcing model.

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