SBA Communications Initiates Operations in the Asian Marketplace

05 December 2022

As SBA Communications now operates in the Philippines, Southern Asian Wireless Communications spoke with Nicholas Van Slyck, Senior Director, Africa and Asia to find out about the company’s plans heading into 2023 and the challenges these plans will bring

How would you describe the past 12 months since entering the region?

Well, we have certainly learned a lot. In Asia, SBA currently operates only in the Philippines, and we have spent the past year assembling our team and building sites while we simultaneously learn some of the cultural nuances of doing business in a market twelve time zones away from our headquarters in the United States. The first year was a whirlwind of activity as we sought to establish a foothold in the market and get the operation up and running. Now, things are running smoothly and we are very happy with our progress, but there is still more to do. It helps to have an incredible team on the ground led by industry veterans that are performing at a very high level. One of the things we are most proud of is that with only a short time of operating in the Philippines, our team was among the highest-rated towercos by the MNOs in terms of performance. That is something we can build on as we seek to establish ourselves in the Philippines and beyond.

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Globe Telecom transfers 701 towers to MIDC

18 October 2022

Globe Telecom has transferred 701 towers to Miescor Infrastructure Development Corporation, as part of plans to sell more than 7,000 towers to raise PHP71 billion to pay for coverage expansion and debts.

Miescor will pay PHP8.4 billion for the 701 towers and related passive infrastructure. 

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Indus Towers CEO resigns

10 October 2022

Bimal Dayal, managing director (MD) and CEO of Indus Towers, has resigned from his posts, with approval from the board, to pursue opportunities outside of the company.

Dayal worked at Indus Towers for 12 years, including six years as COO and six years as MD and CEO.

“It has been a nostalgic journey with the milestones of Deming Prize, Great place to work and an impeccable merger, to count a few,” said Dayal. “What I am leaving behind is a very stable and performing company with a great talent pool. I look forward to my next engagement with enthusiasm.”

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Bangalink agrees tower sharing initiative with BTCL

10 October 2022

Bangalink has reached an agreement with Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) for a tower sharing initiative.

As part of the agreement, BTCL will share its tower infrastructures with Banglalink. The initiative will enhance Banglalink’s quality of services further by supporting its 4G expansion, ensuring energy-efficient operations and optimising the use of Bangladesh’s national resources.

“We always welcome network sharing opportunities to serve our customers better and ensure proper utilization of resources and infrastructures,” said Erik Aas, CEO, Banglalink said. “In the last year, we have added more than 3300 4G base stations to our network; many of these are based on shared infrastructure. We will continue to expand the network, and our partnership with BTCL will give a fresh impetus to this endeavour. We are looking forward to further sharing opportunities of passive and active telecom infrastructure in the future.”

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