Connecting Africa is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

Business of Tech

Airtel Nigeria expands IHS Nigeria partnership

Article Image
Telecoms tower company IHS Towers and telecoms operator Airtel Africa have entered into a partnership which will see Airtel Nigeria acquire a total of 3,950 tower tenancies over the next five years.

The tenancies takeover is anticipated during 2024 and 2025, with existing tenancies covering around 6,000 sites extended until December 2031.

"The agreement includes 2,500 colocations in addition to 5G amendments and build to suit sites to be owned and operated by IHS Nigeria," IHS Towers said in a statement.

Tenancies refer to rented spaces, which means that Airtel Nigeria will rent specific spots on communication towers from IHS Nigeria, allowing the telco to enhance its mobile network coverage.

"The expansion and renewal of our relationship with Airtel Nigeria is a testament to our continued commitment to serving our customers and the connectivity demands of Africa," said IHS Towers Chairman and CEO Sam Darwish.

IHS Nigeria and Airtel Nigeria agreed to cooperate on new green initiatives on the collective sites going forward.   (Source: jbdodane on Flickr CC 2.0)
IHS Nigeria and Airtel Nigeria agreed to cooperate on new green initiatives on the collective sites going forward.
(Source: jbdodane on Flickr CC 2.0)

"Airtel Nigeria, as well as Airtel Africa, has been a long-term partner of IHS, and I am delighted that we continue to strengthen our collaboration to help facilitate mobile connectivity in our largest market, supporting our customers in rolling out new sites throughout Nigeria," Darwish continued.

In line with Airtel Africa's sustainability strategy which launched in October 2021, as well as IHS Towers' Carbon Reduction Roadmap aimed at reducing its carbon intensity by 50% by 2030, the two companies agreed to collaborate on green initiatives.

IHS Towers Nigerian footprint

The latest partnership follows IHS Nigeria having completed deployment of 10,000km of fiber optic cables across Nigeria via subsidiary Global Independent Connect Limited (GICL) as part of its fiber-to-the-tower (FTTT) strategy in January 2024.

However, in September 2023, pan-Africa telecom operator MTN ended its deal with IHS Nigeria and signed with American Tower Corporation's (ATC) Nigerian subsidiary instead.

IHS began life in Nigeria but is now London-based and is one of the largest telecommunications infrastructure providers in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.


Follow Connecting Africa on our new X account @connect__africa to get the latest telecoms and tech news across Africa.


In November 2021, MTN announced it would sell over 5,700 towers in South Africa to IHS Towers for R6.4 billion (US$413 million at the time).

Related posts:

*Top image source: evening_tao on Freepik.

Matshepo Sehloho, Associate Editor, Connecting Africa

Innovation hub

Story

AI's impact on African telcos

Many African telecommunications companies are turning to artificial intelligence as a differentiator to improve their mobile networks and enhance customer service and experience as they transition from traditional telco offerings into new tech-first verticals.

Story

Four AI trends to look out for in 2024

Connecting Africa has compiled a list of four artificial intelligence (AI) trends to look out for on the African continent in 2024.

More Innovation hub

Latest video

More videos

Upcoming events

AfreGov 2024
March 12-14, 2024
Kigali, Rwanda
Africa Tech Festival 2024
November 11-14, 2024
Cape Town, South Africa
More Upcoming events

Sponsored video

More videos

Industry announcements

More Industry announcements

Africa Tech Perspectives

Story

Uber's Marjorie Saint-Lot on inclusion and sustainability in Africa

Uber's Country Manager for Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, Marjorie Saint-Lot, shares how the ride-hailing company is approaching public-private partnerships, environmentally friendly initiatives and gender inclusion in Africa.

Story

The 100 most influential African leaders in 2023

A new report from Africa Tech Festival and Connecting Africa puts a spotlight on the top 100 African leaders in the telecoms and technology sector in 2023.

Story

Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.

More Africa Tech perspectives

Partner perspectives

All Partner Perspectives

Guest Perspectives

Story

Omdia View: January 2024

By Omdia Analysts

Highlights in January 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included a $200 million fintech deal between MTN and Mastercard as well as 5G network trials by Telecom Egypt – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

Story

Omdia View: September 2023

By Omdia Analysts

Highlights in September 2023 in the Middle East and Africa included more 5G spectrum licenses, vendor and operator strategies, and partnerships – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

More Guest Perspectives

Like us on Facebook

Newsletter Sign Up


Sign Up
Tag id test-002