Paradigm Infrastructure Limited (“Paradigm”) today announced its investment in a joint venture with SBA Communications Corporation (“SBA”) to acquire the passive wireless infrastructure of Airtel Tanzania.
Paradigm Infrastructure Limited (“Paradigm”) today announced its investment in a joint venture with SBA Communications Corporation (“SBA”) to acquire the passive wireless infrastructure of Airtel Tanzania. The transaction consists of approximately 1,400 towers for a total expected consideration of $175 million. Under this agreement, Airtel will lease back space on each of the towers and will also provide a fixed minimum number of build-to-suit towers during the first five years following the closing of the acquisition. The acquisition is anticipated to close in stages starting in the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions.
Paradigm will hold a minority stake of the joint venture company acquiring the assets and maintain responsibility for the JV’s day-to-day operations. Paradigm will contribute its specific industry experience in establishing and operating new shared wireless infrastructure in African markets, complementing the extensive US and international experience of SBA.
Tanzania represents an exciting market with high demand for shared wireless infrastructure. The Paradigm team is very much looking forward to building a strong customer focussed business providing high quality and secure infrastructure to wireless network operators.
Sonja Grage – Business Manager
SBA is a leading independent owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure including towers, buildings, rooftops, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cells, with a portfolio of more than 33,000 communications sites in fourteen markets throughout the Americas and South Africa.
Paradigm is a UK limited company focused on developing, owning, and operating shared passive wireless infrastructure in selected growth markets. The Paradigm team has significant experience in the acquisition and operation of towers sites across EMEA, LATAM and the United States.
Airtel Africa is a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services, with a presence in 14 countries in Africa, primarily in East Africa and Central and West Africa.
Airtel Africa offers an integrated suite of telecommunications solutions to its subscribers, including mobile voice and data services as well as mobile money services both nationally and internationally.