French telecoms operator Bouygues has agreed a deal with US firm Phoenix Tower International to build 4,000 new wireless towers in rural areas of France. The deal will see the towers being deployed over the course of the next 12 years.
As with all mobile network operators in France, Bouygues has minimum coverage obligations to meet, and some of the new towers will help it to meet these in the coming years.
“This agreement allows Bouygues Telecom to sustain its efforts in sites deployment in Less Dense Areas and also to meet the New Deal requirements. It will also contribute to considerably strengthen our Mobile network coverage in rural areas,” said Jean Paul Arzel, Head of Network Division, Bouygues.
The deal will significantly expand Phoenix Towers’ footprint in France, and consolidate the company’s position in Europe, in addition to its operations in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.
“We are quite enthusiastic to partner with Bouygues Telecom on such an important and exciting project. We believe the French market is well positioned for significant wireless growth throughout the country as further 4G and 5G deployments are made over the coming years and we are proud of our participation in these deployments,” stated Dagan Kasavana, chief executive officer of Phoenix Tower International.
Phoenix Tower International currently owns and manages over 8,000 towers, 986 km of fiber and 80,000 other pieces of wireless infrastructure throughout the United States. It also has operations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, France, Jamaica, Argentina, Ecuador, and Bolivia.