Airtel Nigeria and IHS deepens collaboration for tower expansion. IHS Nigeria as well as other related entities and subsidiaries of HIS Holding Limited (HIS Tower) have reportedly announced that Airtel Nigeria has now agreed to renew the existing partnership between them and has also increased its tenancies to close to 10,000 in the next five years.
Airtel Nigeria and IHS Tower Expansion
In a significant step towards sustainability, Airtel Africa and IHS Towers have pledged to work together on green initiatives across their collective sites, aligning with Airtel Africa’s sustainability strategy unveiled in October 2021 and IHS Towers’ Carbon Reduction Roadmap, which aims to reduce emission intensity by 50% by 2030. This collaboration underscores both companies’ dedication to environmental responsibility and sustainability in their operations.
The renewal and expansion of the partnership between IHS Towers and Airtel Nigeria underscore the telecom infrastructure operator’s dedication to serving its customers and addressing the connectivity needs across Africa. IHS Towers has emphasized Airtel Nigeria’s importance as a long-term partner, a relationship that extends beyond Nigeria into other African markets, demonstrating a history of extensive collaboration.
What the Partnership Stands For
Sam Darwish, the Chairman and CEO of IHS Towers, articulated that the renewed and expanded agreement with Airtel Nigeria represents a pivotal opportunity for his company to enhance their partnership. This collaboration aims to support mobile connectivity in Nigeria, IHS Towers’ most significant market, by assisting in the deployment of new sites across the country. Darwish views this as a crucial step in supporting their customers’ efforts to expand their network footprint.
10,000km of Fibre Optic Cable Deployment Across Nigeria
This development comes on the heels of IHS Nigeria’s announcement regarding the completion of over 10,000km of fibre optic cable deployment across Nigeria. This project, undertaken by its subsidiary Global Independent Connect Limited (GICL), is part of its Fibre-to-the-Tower (FTTT) strategy. This initiative is not only pivotal for introducing 5G technology in Nigeria but also supports the country’s National Broadband Plan, illustrating IHS Towers’ commitment to improving connectivity infrastructure.
Content of the Latest Agreement Between Airtel and IHS
The latest agreement between Airtel and IHS includes the construction of 5G-capable sites and build-to-suit sites, which will be owned and operated by the Nigerian telecom tower company, along with provisions for 2,500 colocations.
This arrangement is part of IHS Towers’ broader operational footprint, which includes almost 40,000 towers across several countries, including Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Kuwait, Nigeria, Peru, Rwanda, South Africa, and Zambia. This expansive presence reflects IHS Towers’ significant role in the global telecom infrastructure landscape and its commitment to advancing connectivity and sustainable practices across the regions it operates.
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