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

American Tower, Airtel Africa partner for greener towers

Article Image
Airtel Africa and American Tower Corporation's African operations – ATC Africa – are joining forces to make tower sites across the continent greener and reduce on-site fossil fuel consumption.

The groups have signed a "multi-year, multi-product agreement" which they say will leverage ATC Africa's existing portfolio of communications sites as well as new sites and products across its footprint in Kenya, Niger, Nigeria and Uganda in support of Airtel Africa's network rollout.

The deal has big ambitions to help substantially increase connectivity on the continent, extend digital inclusion to underserved communities and advance the companies' mutual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction objectives.

"All new site development under the agreement will comply with ATC Africa's new green site specifications, which is expected to substantially reduce reliance on fossil fuels, while advancing American Tower's progress toward achieving its science-based targets (SBTs)," the tower operator said in a statement.

ATC established its presence in Africa in 2011 and now operates more than 23,000 sites across Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda.

Airtel Africa has a customer base of over 131 million users across 14 countries in Africa – primarily in East Africa and Central and West Africa – where it offers telecoms and mobile money services.

Green energy growth

The partnership is expected to reduce exposure to fuel price volatility for both ATC Africa and Airtel Africa. The parties have also committed to continue working together to convert existing telecommunications sites to ATC Africa's green site specifications over time.

ATC Africa said that to date it has already invested $300 million in energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy deployments and energy storage solutions to decrease on-site reliance on fossil fuels. The company has also earmarked additional investments to fund the implementation of future energy efficiencies.

"We continue to invest in infrastructure and distribution networks across the countries where we operate to support their economies and communities," said Airtel Africa CEO Segun Ogunsanya, adding that sustainability is at the core of Airtel's strategy.

"Airtel Africa's environmental goals are aligned with ours and, as we expand digital reach on the African continent, we remain committed to reducing GHG emissions in tandem with our growth," added Marek Busfy, SVP and CEO of ATC Africa.

He said that as the group extends the platform services it offers it is also committed to introducing new and renewable sources of energy to power its sites, which will in turn protect the industry, customers and consumers from ongoing and future volatility in fuel prices.


Want to know more? Sign up to get the weekly Connecting Africa newsletter direct to your inbox every Friday.


In addition, Airtel Africa and ATC Africa will also partner to provide training around information and communications technology skills to underserved communities as part of their respective kiosks and digital communities programs.

Under this partnership, it is expected that more than 200 digital communities will be deployed in these markets in the coming years, the companies said.

Related posts:

*Top image source: jbdodane on Flickr CC 2.0.

— The Staff, Connecting Africa

Innovation hub

Story

Five mobility startups to watch in 2024

Connecting Africa has compiled a list of five mobility startups that are making a difference in the communities they serve.

Story

Orange Ventures, Digital Africa promise more funding for startups

Orange Ventures and Digital Africa are teaming up to invest more in tech startups in Africa and the Middle East through Digital Africa's Fuz program and the Orange Digital Center network.

More Innovation hub

Latest video

More videos

Partner perspectives

All Partner Perspectives

Sponsored video

More videos

Follow us on X

Industry announcements

More Industry announcements

Upcoming events

Africa Tech Festival 2024
November 11-14, 2024
Cape Town, South Africa
More Upcoming events

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

Guest Perspectives

Story

How e-mobility could transform Africa's transport sector

By Francis Hook

ICT analyst Francis Hook delves into Africa's e-mobility sector and unpacks the challenges faced locally and the benefits the move to electric vehicles could bring to urban transport systems.

Story

Omdia View: April 2024

By Omdia Analysts

April 2024's telecoms highlights in the Middle East and Africa included a license for Starlink in Ghana, new mobile termination rates in Ethiopia, and 6G trials in Bahrain – that and more in the latest Omdia View.

More Guest Perspectives

Like us on Facebook

Newsletter Sign Up


Sign Up
Tag id test-002