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Eaton Towers wins Vodafone Ghana contract

Vodafone Ghana outsources management of cell sites to Eaton

Eaton Towers wins Vodafone Ghana contract
Operators can make significant savings by outsourcing their network infrastructure.

GSM operator Vodafone Ghana has signed a 10 year contract to outsource the operation and management of its cell towers to Eaton, a London-based company that specialises in cell tower management in Africa.

Eaton will invest $80 million in Vodafone Ghana's 750 cell sites over the course of the contract, in a deal that is expected to reduce costs, and improve and widen coverage.

The deal will also allow Eaton to lease spare capacity to other operators in Ghana, which will improve efficiency among Ghana's telcos by avoiding duplication of cell sites.

Eaton will be responsible for all operational aspects of Vodafone Ghana's passive infrastructure, including health and safety, security and power.

Upgrades to the existing sites will include new power generation equipment and management systems aimed at reducing diesel consumption and other costs.

Harper, CEO, Eaton said: "This agreement is good for everyone involved. Our co-location offering ensures that Vodafone's infrastructure will continually improve, while maintaining the lowest possible operating costs."

He added that the agreement will enable Ghana's mobile operators to reduce costs, reach more subscribers and "avoid the environmental impact of duplicating towers".

"Through [...] sharing of towers, Ghana's mobile subscribers will benefit from better coverage and operators having a lower cost base. We plan to bring the benefits of tower sharing to operators and subscribers across Africa," Harper added.

Vodafone competes with about five other telcos in Ghana, including MTN, Tigo, Bharti Airtel and Glo.

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