Helios Towers is an expert enabler. Our infrastructure is playing a central role in the rollout of mobile in Africa, serving customers ranging from the Big-Five MNOs through to challenger brands looking for a speedy and low-cost route to market.
Helios Towers has extensive experience in managing tower assets across infrastructure-poor markets, and challenging environments. Our service is underpinned by a relentless pursuit of greater operational excellence, across uptime, reliability, safety and environmental performance. So whether you choose to co-locate your equipment on one of our existing structures or commission a new build-to-suit site, you’ll receive an on-air experience that is cost-efficient, effortless and productive.
Speed to market
We’re ready for you. We have the towers, the power and the lean projects team to design and implement the solution you need. Indeed, we have put national networks on air within a 6-month lead time.
Driving up uptime
Above all else, our role is to maintain reliable power and service, even in the most remote locations or challenging conditions.
We are committed to defining best-in-class power uptime and pushing it to new levels. Indeed, in one market we have already reduced downtime to just two seconds a week.
An expert support network
Our teams, 99% drawn from local expertise, know your markets, terrain, opportunities and challenges. You have a wealth of support behind your brand and its goals.
Leasing space on one of our existing towers is the most cost-effective and time-efficient way of getting a site on air, and comes with a range of service advantages:
- The best sites. With access to over 8,600 towers in locations chosen for optimal performance conditions, the quality and reach of your coverage is assured.
- Capital preservation. The economies of colocation are compelling: you can save significant new-build capex by consolidating into one of our towers.
- Speed to market. No permitting needed, no environmental assessments, no design and build. It has all been done.
If our current portfolio doesn’t meet your needs, or you need coverage in a particular location, Helios Towers will build a tower for you. At every step, the goal is to deliver the reliability and service you’d expect from co-locating with us, and with the versatility that comes with infrastructure suitable for multiple customers.
We aim to build best-in-class solutions, optimised through proprietary IT systems to maximise both customer revenue and future sharing potential.
Sale & leaseback
MNOs may have existing portfolios of towers in their markets, a legacy from former rollouts before a TowerCo solution was available. HT is able to acquire these and lease back space to their former owners, while also co-locating other tenants to increase the use of the infrastructure. Indeed, HT pioneered this sale & leaseback approach; we were the first in the African mobile sector to offer it.
It presents a capital release opportunity for our customers, allowing them to refocus investment in more pressing areas of their business. At the same time we apply our expertise to optimise the towers we acquire, increasing uptime, streamlining costs and generally adding to the benefits of the transaction.
At Helios Towers we can also actively manage towers belonging to our customers. In a scenario where a customer may not want a sale & leaseback transaction, HT can run the day to day operations of the site, applying our business excellence practices to improve the tower and its uptime.
We can also place other tenants onto the site, increasing utilisation and providing a mutual benefit to the tower owner and new customers.
The challenge of indoor coverage can lead to the loss of many high-value customers.
Helios Towers can provide in-building solutions infrastructure in specific, large-scale buildings such as shopping malls, high rise buildings and stadiums.
A number of these have been successfully rolled out in Tanzania, and give the venue owner’s tenants great mobile coverage. It improves the commercial attractiveness of a building while increasing coverage for our customers in former black holes.
Small Cells / Outdoor DAS
With high data growth and demanding subscriber requirements, operators need to ensure that coverage and capacity is adequate, especially in dense urban environments.
Helios Towers can provide outdoor DAS solutions that help address these challenges while utilising the operators existing active infrastructure.
These solutions improve the subscriber experience and support increased data consumption, by utilising lampposts or similar smaller infrastructure to offload macro towers in hotspot areas.