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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 344

The potential of network sharing in the MEA region

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 12 aprile 2009

DUBAI Delta Partners, the leading telecom advisory and investment firm, released a new white paper today about the potential of network sharing in the MEA region, entitled “Tower Sharing in the Middle East and Africa: Collaborating in competition”. There are currently over 200,000 mobile network towers in operation across the Middle East and Africa, in which operators invest annually between 10-20% of their revenues to rollout new sites or upgrade existing sites. Operators continue to make large investments in order to upgrade technologies and capacity as well as population coverage, especially in rural Africa. An extra 100,000 towers are expected to be rolled out in the next 5 years. Recent multi-billion dollar network sharing deals have already been concluded in India, and last month’s announcement that Vodafone and Telefonica would share parts of their European network infrastructure was hailed as a milestone of pan-European collaboration and result in better quality and coverage, less unsightly masts and save hundreds of millions of Euros for shareholders. “The same shareholder value can be created in the MEA region, but many operators are still a little cautious as they see their network assets as a key asset and differentiator,” says Chris Datta, Principal, “our analysis has shown, however, that a potential downside in market share is far outweighed by the extra benefits of cost saving on both opex and capex. In other words, operators would have to drop their market share by over 10% to not create value.”
Delta Partners is the leading management advisory and investment firm specialized in Telecoms, Media and Technology (TMT) in high growth markets. It has more than 130 professionals operating across 50 markets in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia. From its offices in Dubai and Johannesburg, Delta Partners provides services through its three highly synergistic business lines: management advisory, private equity and corporate finance. Delta Partners delivers tangible results to its clients and investors through an exclusive sector focus, and a unique approach to services, combining strategic advice and a hands-on pragmatic approach.

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