Tanzania’s first independent tower company opened for business in last summer in Dar Es Salaam, with a new headquarters led by mobile veteran David Hunter.p>Tanzania’s first independent tower company opened for business in last summer in Dar Es Salaam, with a new headquarters led by mobile veteran David Hunter.
Eaton Tanzania builds and manages towers to support mobile operators in a market set to double subscribers to 33mn in the next four years. David Hunter, Country Manager of Eaton Tanzania, said, “This is a very exciting time for the mobile industry in Tanzania, which is set for rapid growth. We are open for business now and ready with our extensive expertise and local experience to partner 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.”
Eaton is an African-focused tower company that owns, builds, manages and maintains telecom towers for mobile operators. Eaton’s new Tanzanian operation will be led by David Hunter, who has over 15 years experience of building successful mobile operations across Africa. Prior to Eaton, he ran Celtel’s operations in Malawi and Sierra Leone and was managing director of Telcel in Zambia.
Alan Harper, Chief Executive of Eaton, observes, “With a population of 43mn and a vibrant mobile market with 17mn subscribers and eight competing mobile operators, Tanzania is one of the most attractive markets in Africa for a tower sharing business. We are delighted to have established the country’s first independent towers company.
“Mobile operators across Africa are seeking to reduce the cost of a network roll-out. Tower sharing can help them to reduce their asset base, CAPEX and operating costs, allowing them to focus on increasing their coverage and the roll-out of new services to customers.”