Investors to beam radar on Nigerian telecoms, $3 billion African towers deals
Africa’s mobile tower company leaders and financial institutions are meeting in London on June 18 to explore emerging states in Nigeria and several other infrastructure sales and outsourcing activities across the continent.
Over $3 billion of mobile tower companies transactions are taking place across the region according to industry news provider, TMT Finance, as Pan-African telecoms operators and tower companies are making progress on complex agreements to increase network optimisation across the region.
Organisers of the event said that leaders from IHS Africa, Helios Towers Africa, Eaton Towers, Orange, Goldman Sachs, Millicom, Etisalat and LAP Green are among over 50 speakers and 150 delegates meeting for the TMT Finance & Investment Africa 2014 Conference in London.
The annual leadership event has been expanded to meet demand for investment interest across Africa’s telecom sector, also features sessions on Telecoms Growth, Mergers and Acquisitions, Investing in Broadband, Private Equity, Raising Finance, Datacentres, Innovation, Mobile Money, Nigeria Telecoms, Regulation and Risk Management, organisers said.
“Investor interest in Africa’s telecoms sector is growing rapidly and the mobile towers space is especially active,” said Dominic Lowndes, Managing Director of TMT Finance. “We are currently tracking eight live tower transactions between mobile operators and towercos, valued at between US$200m to US$800m, as well as number of capital raisings as towercos raise funds for more acquisitions and capex. Goldman Sachs invested in IHS, and Providence is looking to invest in Helios Towers Africa, with several other large private equity investors actively looking to enter the market.”
The Mobile infrastructure Panel at TMT Finance & Investment Africa 2014 is chaired by John Graham, Partner, Clifford Chance LLP, one of the most experienced advisers for Africa towers deals, and features Chuck Green, CEO, Helios Towers Africa; Michel Faivre, Directeur Programme Partage d’Infrastructure AMEA, France Telecom-Orange; Rhys Philip, CCO, IHS Africa; and Terry Rhodes, Founder and Director, Eaton Towers.
Other companies represented by speakers at the event include Avanti Communications, Brymedia, Etisalat Group, Flexenclosure, IXcellerate, LAP Green, Liquid Telecom, Millicom, Seacom, UNIFI Communications, Vimpelcom, WIOCC, Access Bank, Apis Partners, Akira Partners, Analysys Mason, BNP Paribas, Coleago Consulting, Dentons, Ecobank Capital, European Investment Bank, Fidelity Bank, Frontier Markets Fund Managers, Goldman Sachs International, GSMA, Neostratus, Providence Equity Partners, Standard Bank UBS, IFC, the World Bank, Rand Merchant Bank, and Xona Partners.