Helios Towers to buy 65 wireless telecoms sites in SA

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Helios Towers, a UK-based independent telecommunications tower infrastructure company, today announced the signing of an agreement between one of its South African subsidiaries – HTSA Towers and Eagle Towers – to acquire 65 wireless telecommunications sites in South Africa and to collaborate on future business.

In a statement, the company says a significant majority of the tenancies of these sites are with Africa’s largest mobile network operators (MNOs).

According to Helios, the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2020 and is subject to customary closing conditions.

The company says this transaction is aligned with the group’s stated strategy of broadening its geographic footprint, adding further towers to the portfolio acquired and built-out in South Africa since HTSA was established in 2019.

This acquisition enables HTSA to increase its network reach and offering to customers in the Western Cape region of South Africa, and continues to demonstrate the group’s ability to execute on its strategy of both organic and acquisitive growth, the company notes.

Commenting on the agreement, Kash Pandya, CEO of Helios Towers, says: “We are delighted to announce the acquisition of this new site portfolio, through our joint platform with Vulatel in South Africa.

“We look forward to continue delivering on our strategy of providing MNOs with high quality, reliable and cost-effective open-access tower infrastructure in South Africa. South Africa is a strategic market for Helios Towers, and we are keen to leverage our expertise in tower infrastructure to expand there, both organically and through acquisitions.”

Avril Van Der Rheede, CEO of Eagle Towers says: “We are delighted to partner with Helios Towers on this transaction and look forward to our future business relationship.”

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