Eaton Towers has raised $350 million in new equity resources from existing and new shareholders, to fund expansion and acquisitions across Africa.
On the back of the equity raise, Eaton Towers has signed the first independent tower deal in Egypt, with the purchase, leaseback and management of over 2,000 Mobinil towers.
The agreement with Mobinil, which is part of the Orange Group consists of the purchase of approximately 2,000 towers with a 15-year leaseback contract for the operation and maintenance, and additional build out of new sites.
Terry Rhodes, CEO Eaton Towers said: “We are very pleased that our existing and new shareholders support our strategy and vision to create a market-leading, independent, pan-African tower company. We are delighted to sign the first purchase and leaseback tower deal in Egypt. Egypt is the second largest mobile market in Africa and we will invest over $200 million to provide world-class shared infrastructure to help the Egyptian operators provide better coverage and data services to their customers.
“Once the Mobinil deal and the agreements with Bharti Airtel for six countries signed and announced last September are completed, Eaton Towers will be operational in eight countries, representing the most diversified portfolio of shared infrastructure on the African continent,” he added.