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Introduction

Cell tower specialists have enjoyed healthy growth for many years, but that is slowing. Tower providers are changing their growth focus regionally and also investing in new technologies and asset types, such as fiber and small cells.

Highlights

  • To remain relevant to the carriers and the investment community, tower providers will invest in fiber assets, small cells, interconnectivity, backhaul, collocation, and the cloud (e.g. data centers).
  • CSPs' divestment of tower assets to continue: CSPs will continue to divest network assets to fuel capex requirements.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates independent tower providers and their growth prospects.
  • Identifies the tower providers' likely investment targets.

Key questions answered

  • What is driving the growth of the tower sector?
  • What new areas are tower companies investing in?
  • Which regions have the best prospects for tower M&A activity?

Table of contents

Summary

  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

Tower sector has lots of room for growth

  • Cellular networks' share of total traffic to double to 20% by 2020
  • High capex and debt challenge CSPs, while CNPs see steady growth
  • Tower CNP growth may change regional focus
  • CSPs continue to gain from network infrastructure sales
  • New areas for growth
  • Outlook

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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