FT-Orange seals tower leasing deal with IHS for Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire ops

2 Apr 2013

France Telecom-Orange (FT-Orange) has announced the signing of a leasing agreement with African mobile infrastructure operator IHS for the operation of over 2,000 tower sites in Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon, in a move that is expected to improve mobile networks in both countries. Under the terms of the agreement, the towers will remain the property of the French firm’s subsidiaries, Cote d’Ivoire Telecom, Orange Cote d’Ivoire and Orange Cameroun, with IHS operating the towers for a term of 15 years to enable and accelerate further network modernisation, particularly in the areas of efficient grid and diesel utilisation and the growing use of renewable energy to power the network. ‘Sharing passive infrastructure is a compelling opportunity for Orange to offer a better service to its customers in Africa and the Middle East through improved network coverage and reliability,’ commented Marc Rennard, executive director for Orange Group’s Africa, Middle East and Asia region, adding: ‘It also allows us to drive efficiencies, reduce costs and manage the particular conditions in emerging markets such as the cost of energy and accessibility of sites. This agreement leaves open the possibility for Orange subsidiaries elsewhere in Africa and the Middle East to look into similar partnerships.’