Tower companies: What's going on worldwide? 13 December 22 | ONLINE

This one-hour free webinar will provide an overview of the Tower Companies (TowerCo) ecosystem, including market information; recent mergers and acquisitions; and policies and regulations affecting TowerCo operations.


The past ten years has seen a fundamental shift in the way that mobile network operators (MNOs) own and manage their tower infrastructure.

Increasingly, MNOs have transitioned to tower-sharing models that outsource the procurement, installation, management and maintenance of tower sites to tower companies (TowerCos), some of which are wholly or partly owned by MNOs. This new ownership model lightens the burden on MNOs’ balance sheets by reducing CAPEX and OPEX, releasing funds for other critical activities, such as upgrading networks to 4G or 5G.

The trend of tower sales must be also understood in the context of institutional investors, with insurance companies and pension funds searching for alternative low-risk investments with stable returns. While telecoms operators as a whole (in particular their retail operations) have a higher risk profile, their towers are associated with a very low level of risk.

Currently, around 325 TowerCos around the world own more than 70% of the world’s 5m macro-sites (ground-based towers and rooftop towers) that are used for mobile telecoms network installations.

TowerCos build and operate the towers which are used as passive infrastructure to host the active elements of one or more telecommunications networks. Their role has expanded significantly since 2014, when the GSM Association reported that up to 90% of the world’s towers were owned and operated by mobile network operators (MNOs). At that time, control of the tower network was seen as part of MNOs’ core business.

Cullen International’s free one-hour webinar will provide an overview of the TowerCo ecosystem, including:

  • market information focusing on the largest TowerCos by number of sites, services provided, and clients served;
  • recent mergers and acquisitions involving TowerCos; and
  • policies and regulations relevant for TowerCo operations, such as licence or registration requirements and restrictions on foreign ownership.


When? Tuesday, 13 December 2022 - from 3PM to 4PM (GMT+1 / CET) - Check your time zone

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Elena Scaramuzzi Head of Global Research
Javier Morales Fhon Analyst Americas and Global Tech Trends

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