Infrastructure Sharing in Africa and the Middle East: Debt Reduction and Rural Coverage Requirements Drive Sharing

Infrastructure Sharing in Africa and the Middle East: Debt Reduction and Rural Coverage Requirements Drive Sharing
Octobre 2015
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Description du rapport

In the Africa and Middle East region, passive infrastructure sharing is finally beginning to gain momentum, primarily through the offloading of towers to independent tower management companies. Driving the trend in Africa is the need to cost-effectively reach low-density, rural areas and to lower the cost of operating network towers, which due to the exceedingly high energy costs on the continent can be exorbitant. In the Middle East, meanwhile, the need to quickly roll out state-of-the-art 4G networks will push operators into both passive and active sharing agreements. Many of the region's largest operators, including Airtel, MTN and Orange have embraced infrastructure sharing as a way to reduce capex and opex. Others, such as Econet Wireless in Zimbabwe and Safaricom in Kenya, have butted heads with regulators over the issue of mandated infrastructure sharing.

Key Findings

- Mobile infrastructure sharing can help MNOs reduce opex by up to XX% and capex by as much as XX%, depending

Table des matières

Introduction: Defining infrastructure sharing

Defining infrastructure sharing

Defining passive infrastructure sharing

Defining active infrastructure sharing

Infrastructure sharing joint ventures

Operational and economic benefits of mobile

infrastructure sharing

Value proposition of infrastructure sharing

Opex savings - site rationalization

Capex efficiencies - network deployment

Capex and opex savings - tower offloading and


Coverage improvements

Obstacles to mobile infrastructure sharing, and the

threat to competition

Obstacles for mobile infrastructure sharing

Anticompetitive behaviors

Mobile infrastructure sharing in Africa and the Middle East

Mobile infrastructure sharing - global context

Operator willingness to share infrastructure in Africa and

the Middle East

Infrastructure sharing regulation in Africa and

the Middle East

Voluntary sharing agreements in Africa and the

Middle East

Tower offloading and outsourcing in Africa and the

Middle East

Major independent tower operators in Africa and

the Middle East

Market detail: Case studies

Case study: Airtel looks to share towers to reduce

its debt and cut costs in its African operations

Case study: Ministry of Communications approves

Israel's first RAN sharing deal, between Partner

Communications and Hot Mobile

Key findings and recommendations

Key findings


Appendix: Acronyms and definitions

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