Telkom Kenya, which operates under the Orange brand name, has announced that it has signed an agreement with Eaton Towers for the management of its passive network infrastructure. The 15-year tower management and leasing deal is focused on both the maintenance of existing sites by Eaton Towers and the building of new ones. The agreement is expected to help reduce operating costs and capital expenditure, while improving network coverage and quality, as well as reducing Orange’s overall carbon footprint. Telkom Kenya will retain ownership of its existing portfolio of over 1,000 towers while its new partner will invest in passive infrastructure upgrades and build new towers to provide the carrier with improved coverage and network quality. Similar deals have already been struck in Uganda, Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire.
Mickael Ghossein, CEO of Telkom Kenya, commented: ‘We are confident that our agreement with Eaton Towers is a step in the right direction. The partnership will place us in a strong position to expand our network and develop innovative new services, in particular in rural areas, helping us achieve our ambition to provide the Kenyan population with excellent nationwide coverage and relevant offers’.