Warid Telecom Uganda is reportedly planning to follow in the footsteps of rival cellco Orange Uganda and sell on its passive infrastructure to Eaton Towers. According to IT News Africa, Eaton will acquire a further 400 towers from Warid via a leaseback deal, on top of the 300 acquired from France Telecom subsidiary Orange Uganda earlier this month. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Warid had signed up 2.45 million subscribers by the end of December 2011, giving it a 15% share of the market. Warid and Orange also compete with MTN Uganda, Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL), Airtel Uganda and i-Tel.
The towerco’s CEO, Alan Harper said: ‘We now have a leading position in Uganda, combining the two complementary networks of Orange and Warid, which covers the majority of the population. Building on Eaton’s successful operation in Ghana, Eaton will offer the best service to the telecoms sector in Uganda to improve quality and extend coverage in a cost effective way. Tower sharing is now becoming an essential strategy for African mobile operators with a need to reduce operating costs, reduce CAPEX and focus on their core business of providing a service for their customers.’