INCREASING demand for internet services, retail and corporate data in urban and rural areas is creating an opportunity for mobile operators to rollout efficient networks through tower sharing.
Helios Tanzania Chief Executive Officer Norman Moyo said in Dar es Salaam that infrastructure sharing is expected to impact positively on the quality of services and boost coverage and capacity across operators.
He was commenting on the improved efficiency of telecom services by mobile operators through infrastructure sharing, charging that Helios Towers Africa (HTA), which was awarded the 'Best Network Improvement 2012 award early this month, has reduced telecom carbon footprint.
HTA, an independent telecom towers firm in Africa, received the award that seeks to honour eye-catching and successful initiatives to improve network in the continent in Cape Town, South Africa. According to HTA Chief Executive Officer Charles Green, one of the main advantages of mobile telecoms over landline technology is the reduced cost of providing infrastructure, with tower sharing becoming a popular option to cut down costs.
He said unless telecoms infrastructure investment in Africa increases, it will be impossible to serve the burgeoning levels of consumer demand for 2G voices, let alone the site densification required for 3G coverage, improved capacity and the rapid growth in data traffic.
"It has been estimated that without an increase in the sharing of infrastructure, the number of telecoms towers will have to double over the next five years from 75,000 to 150,000, and that is just for 2G traffic," said Mr Green.