A worthwhile flurry of activity? Mobile towers companies in focus
17 March 2021
The wave of deal-making in the European towers sector is driven by cash-strapped telcos seeking a form of sale and leaseback financing.
While the operators are incentivised to provide a medium-term growth trajectory for these towers companies, sustainability of that growth is more questionable, especially as 5G will not require additional base stations.
Cellnex continues to insinuate itself into the UK market with its most recent deal signaling the ultimate unwinding of the MBNL JV. Further UK towers consolidation seems a long way off but could facilitate, or indeed be facilitated by, consolidation at the MNO level.