Helios Towers (HT) owns and operates telecommunications towers and passive infrastructure in five high-growth African markets.
What we do
Our principal business lies in building, acquiring and operating telecommunications towers that are capable of accommodating and powering the needs of multiple tenants.
These tenants are typically large MNOs and other telecommunications providers who in turn provide wireless voice and data services, primarily to end-consumers and businesses.
We also offer comprehensive tower-related operational services, including site selection, site preparation, maintenance, security and power management. We provide space on our tower sites under a combination of master lease agreements (MLAs), which provide the commercial terms that govern the provision of tower space, and individual site agreements (ISAs), which act as an appendix to the relevant MLA and include site-specific information. We also enter into ground lease agreements with property owners to host our sites on their land.
Tenancy growth in Q4 2018
Total colocations in Q4 2018
We are a leading independent telecoms tower company in Africa, and are market leaders in Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”) and Congo Brazzaville ("Congo B"). We own a growing portfolio in Ghana, with a particular strength in high-traffic urban areas. We also announced market entry into South Africa in January 2019.
Our core business is to provide mobile network operators (MNOs) with tower site space, power and related services for their active network equipment. As our markets have little or no fixed line voice or data infrastructure, the services we provide are essential for the development of communities.
We promote sharing of infrastructure through colocating multiple MNOs on each tower site. This consolidation of assets not only delivers maximum cost benefits to our customers but also reduces the environmental impact for the local populations we serve.
In addition, we construct new assets including ‘build-to-suit’ (BTS) towers, and localised small cell and in-building solutions. These are located in high-potential areas where our customers are looking to expand, due to the continued growth of mobile voice and data communications across our markets.
Our business employs 350 people directly, but also supports over 10,000 contractor employees who are engaged in the maintenance and security of our tower network.
In 2018, we reinforced our emphasis on local talent with a continuing and significant investment in 88 Lean Six Sigma Orange Belts and 31 Black Belts training. By the end of 2018, 35% of our people had been through this training.
Our rollout of the Lean Six Sigma programme; leadership development training; project management upskilling; and extending our training to 14 maintenance partners, are all designed to equip our local operating companies to perform as never before. In the process, this is creating sustainable local businesses with a fulfilling career environment that inspires constant improvement.