Operator MTN Nigeria and the African operation of American Tower Corporation, a leading independent owner, operator and developer of multitenant communications real estate, have entered into a new agreement that, they say, is expected to enhance wireless connectivity across Nigeria.
Under the terms of the agreement, ATC Africa will facilitate new tenancies for MTN Nigeria over a multi-year period, commencing in the second half of 2024. The company expects to meet MTN Nigeria's site requirements by leveraging ATC Africa's extensive portfolio of over 8,000 sites in Nigeria, a substantial portion of which already incorporate green energy solutions. Additionally, new sites will be deployed in accordance with ATC Africa's green site specifications.
It won’t have escaped most observers that there is a strong sustainability angle to this deal. In fact the companies say that this agreement marks a significant step towards expanding and improving wireless services in Nigeria while prioritising sustainability and responsible business practices. And MTN Nigeria CEO Karl Toriola adds: “Through this partnership with ATC Africa, we are setting the stage for a new era of connectivity in Nigeria, one that not only meets the growing demands of our customers but also aligns with our commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility."
It’s a focus reflected in American Tower Corporation’s recently published sustainability report, which we highlighted in these pages just over a month ago. In this report ATC Africa highlighted a decrease in its on-site diesel consumption in Africa since 2018.