Cote d’Ivoire’s first independent telecom tower company SWAP Technologies and Telecoms Limited (SWAP) has gone live with its built-to-suit telecoms co-location cell sites, it has been reported. SWAP, an African-focused tower company that owns, builds, manages and maintains telecom towers for mobile operators, commenced telecoms services operations in Abidjan in 2009 with the intention of providing infrastructural support services to the industry. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database Cote D’Ivoire currently has five operational mobile networks, with speculation that an additional player may be licensed to replace UAE-backed telco Warid Telecom, which struggled to get its Cote d’Ivoire wireless operation off the ground in 2009 because of insufficient frequencies.
Dammy Olarinde, Head of International Operations at SWAP commented: ‘This is a very exciting time for the mobile industry in Cote d’Ivoire, which is set for rapid growth. We are open for business now and ready with our extensive expertise and local experience to partner further with mobile operators. We’ll manage their towers and help them rapidly roll out new sites so that they can focus on their customers whilst reaping the compelling economic benefits of tower sharing without having to make any additional capital expenditure. Cote d’Ivoire is one of the most attractive markets in francophone West Africa for a tower sharing business. We are delighted to have established the country’s first independent tower company.’