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.
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Helios Towers is a leading independent telecoms tower company in Africa. We have a strong position in all our markets, and are the market leader and sole independent telecoms tower company in Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo ("DRC") and Congo Brazzaville ("Congo B").
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.
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Our business employs over 400 people directly, and also supports over 9,000 contractor employees who are engaged in the maintenance and security of our tower network.
We appreciate the needs of all our people to receive appropriate help, advice and support throughout their careers with the Group.
At the end of 2020, 39% of our staff had been trained in Orange or Black Belt Lean Six Sigma, which provides essential skills and techniques to eliminate waste and drive efficiencies. Once trained, we encourage our people to manage a new project across HT, reinforcing the Lean mindset while also improving business performance.
We also understand the importance of supporting the continued development and career progression of our people, allowing them to grow and develop into leadership roles, equipped with the skills and capabilities to be the best they can be. We have a focus on promoting from within and seek to provide opportunities for our employees to take on new responsibilities and roles to further their personal career journey with Helios Towers.
Helios Towers is not connected to HTN Towers Nigeria Ltd, and is a separate legal entity.