Telkom Kenya and global tower company, American Tower Corporation (ATC) have reached an agreement for ATC to acquire up to 723 towers from Telkom Kenya. Telkom Kenya’s board chair, Eddy Njoroge stated that the telco was delighted to have signed the agreement with ATC and looked forward to a close collaboration between the two
“The Board of Telkom Kenya has made it clear that our objective is to transform Telkom into a business which has a reputation for excellence in terms of the quality and reliability of its network. This agreement, in which we will be partnering with a leading global tower company, will enhance the quality and reliability of our network to the benefit of our customers,” he said.
William H. Hess, ATC President of EMEA and Latin America stated: “We are excited to announce the launch of operations in Kenya through our agreement to acquire Telkom Kenya’s towers. This represents American Tower’s 17th market globally, and our fifth in Africa, and we look forward to helping expand the reach of mobile broadband throughout the country. Kenya is a very attractive market, and we have high expectations for its long-term growth
Aldo Mareuse, CEO of TKL, added: “The network availability and service levels we have agreed with ATC are world class and this agreement represents another important step towards the transformation of this business and the service levels we deliver to our customers. Telkom will now focus on its core function – the provision of quality
telecoms services to our customers. In addition, the sale will release capital for further investment in our 4G network and a number of state of the art IT platforms, all of which will further enhance services for our customers as they demand higher quality and speed from our mobile data networks as well as a richer range of services.”
The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2018, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval.
American Tower, one of the largest global real estate investment trusts (REITs), is an independent owner, operator and developer of multi-tenant communications real estate with a portfolio of over 160,000 communications sites.