The sub-Saharan African telecommunications infrastructure market offers significant growth opportunities, as evidenced by the transaction activity in the sector over the last 3 years, including ATC’s acquisition of Eaton Towers’ African infrastructure assets, Helios Towers’ Initial Public Offering on the London Stock Exchange, IHS’s Initial Public Offering on the New York Stock Exchange. In order for tower companies and mobile network operators to continue to deliver value to consumers, enhancing and improving digital connectivity is paramount. It is expected that significant capital expenditure is required over the eight years for sub-Saharan Africa to achieve widely available 4G connectivity in urban and rural regions alike by 2030.
In this context, there has been an increasing trend amongst many operators to outsource the management of power systems at their sites to specialist energy service companies called ESCOs. Under this model, the ESCO owns, operates and maintains the onsite power generation and storage equipment, and in return, sells power to the telecom/ICT company. This model promotes greater energy efficiency and lower-cost service provision.
CPA’s unique ESCO model incorporates community power solutions at low cost and no disruptions to tower operations through innovative and affordable technology developed for the rural African market.