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IHS Towers at a glance

IHS Towers is one of the largest independent owners, operators and developers of shared communications infrastructure in the world.  

39,739

towers in existing portfolio

3

regions

11

operating countries

22+

years of experience

Our experience has provided us with over two decades of insight, extensive operational talent, and strong relationships with stakeholders that enables us to enhance our position in existing and new markets. To deliver for our customers, as well as generate strong financial performance, we draw on our key strengths:

  • The leading provider in the majority of our current markets, which we support with a high-quality asset base and service.
  • A proven business model with high quality revenue visibility that is backed by long-term contracts.
  • A track record of both organic and inorganic growth.
  • An established history of delivering high quality service to our customers.
  • A founder-led, experienced management team with a diverse operational skillset.

We are dedicated to engineering excellence and provide a wide range of communications infrastructure solutions and managed services to enable our customers to achieve their connectivity goals, including:

  • Towers
  • Inbuilding & distributed antenna systems (DAS)
  • Small cell
  • Fiber connectivity
  • Rural telephony

Critical communications infrastructure driving mobile connectivity

IHS Towers helps bring the power of mobile connectivity to millions of people, accelerating the digitalization of economies through the acquisition, management and construction of critical national infrastructure.

 


Building and operating communications infrastructure throughout emerging markets

The right engineering expertise
Our technological know-how and understanding of the mobile sector are market-leading. We build, operate, and manage towers and related communications infrastructure based on deep expertise of our local environment, and the technology of the networks.
The best people on the ground
IHS Towers has more than 2,000 employees. Our engineers’ specialist knowledge and technological capabilities ensures that our communications infrastructure is fit for purpose on day one and every day thereafter.

Emerging markets represent some of the fastest growing wireless communications opportunities with growing demand from subscribers for data services and increasing access to smartphones driving demand for wireless communications infrastructure.

GSMA estimates that 98 million new unique mobile subscribers are expected in Sub-Saharan Africa between 2021 and 2025, a further 44 million in the Middle East and North Africa and 37 million in Latin America by 2025. In many of our markets, we continue to see 4G penetration rising ahead of the onset of 5G penetration. The combination of low existing penetration, high subscriber growth and strong increase in demand for data services, supports major investment opportunities at every point along the mobile supply chain – from handsets to tower infrastructure.

Even in Kuwait, where 5G is rolling out and smartphone penetration is among the highest in the Middle East, customers demand high data plans as early adopters of new technology. As new technology becomes available and carriers increase bandwidth, data usage is expected to continue to increase, requiring additional infrastructure.

Connecting people and their communities

Mobile use throughout emerging markets, and the towers that enable it, are not just a business story; they are a social phenomenon, as mobile connectivity empowers people economically, and links them and their communities to each other and the world beyond. Improving education throughout emerging markets is at the heart of solving many economic, social and healthcare problems. Increasingly, mobile communications are understood to be key to remote learning in rural portions of the world and connectivity remains integral to e-banking, mobile money and insurance platforms to name just a few.

Customer focused

Our primary customers are the leading mobile network operators (MNOs) and other communications service providers in each of our markets. Our success in establishing deep customer relationships and operational excellence has enabled us to grow both organically and through 22 transactions, building a footprint that currently covers 11 markets across Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. We are the fourth largest independent TowerCo globally by tower count, the leader in seven of our markets and the only independent multinational operator in five of these markets.

Market-leading uptime

In Europe or the US, network downtime is a rare inconvenience. However, in emerging markets where there are far fewer fixed lines, less broadband penetration and at times an unreliable power supply, network downtime can have far reaching implications. 

 

Long-term thinking

The story of mobile connectivity in emerging markets, and therefore our story, is still in its early days. We endeavor to play a vital role in the future development and continued growth of these markets.

  • Planning for a sustainable future
    Pioneering alternative energy supplies; investing in the communities around us; attracting, training and retaining the best talent from emerging markets – building a sustainable, efficient business that’s equipped for tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities.
  • Building the reliability emerging markets need
    As mobile phones become increasingly important to people, businesses and communities throughout emerging markets, so does mobile reliability. We believe our towers are some of the most reliable throughout emerging markets and we strive to continue improving our performance.
  • Driving down costs
    For mobile to fulfil its promise throughout emerging markets, costs must remain proportional. Through consistent investment in green energy solutions and R&D, IHS Towers is successfully enabling network expansion which helps to make services more affordable for the end user.

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