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MTN Nigeria plans tower contract revisions, eyes green energy

Published Nov 17, 2023 14:50
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ABUJA - MTN Nigeria’s leadership, at a recent Capital Markets Day (CMD) event in Abuja, outlined strategic plans for the company's future, focusing on revising tower contracts and embracing green energy initiatives. CEO Karl Toriola and CFO Modupe Kadri engaged with investors and government officials, discussing the reallocation of tower assets and the broader 'Ambition 2025' Strategy.

Toriola announced that MTN Nigeria would regularly review its tower contracts to enhance vendor efficiency and optimize operational performance. This move is part of a broader strategy to maintain robust broadband development while managing foreign exchange volatility and rising energy costs. The company is also placing a strong emphasis on cost-effectiveness in its expansion efforts, particularly through the use of green energy solutions.

During the CMD held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Toriola detailed the shift in site ownership from IHS Towers to American Tower (NYSE:AMT) Corporation (ATC). ATC's stake is poised to grow from 13% to 26% after acquiring sites from IHS, whose contracts are set to expire between 2024 and 2029. The changeover comes after competitive bidding that saw IHS, currently holding a significant 60% share, lose sites to ATC due to governance issues.

Kadri highlighted the importance of energy efficiency in MTN's expense management strategy. He pointed out that Independent Power Producers (IPPs) play a crucial role in this approach amid challenges posed by forex liberalization. Both Toriola and Kadri emphasized the company's commitment to enhancing connectivity and fostering financial inclusion across Nigeria.

The CMD event also served as a platform for dialogue on macroeconomic reforms in Nigeria, with discussions centering around private sector investment's role in unlocking the country's growth potential. Toriola took this opportunity to showcase MTN's achievements under its 'Ambition 2025' Strategy and the bright prospects for Nigeria's digital economy within these liberal economic reforms.

MTN Nigeria continues to focus on strategic initiatives that align with the nation’s economic policies while pursuing growth in the digital space and improving its service efficiency for customers nationwide.

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