Fail­ing to Rise

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3G’­ure. has.brought. down. the.much. promis­ing. tower. seg­ its.knees.

The un­ex­pected fail­ure of 3G hit each and ev­ery stake­holder of the In­dian telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­dus­try, and the tele­com tower seg­ment was no ex­cep­tion. Slower than ex­pected off­take of 3G roll­outs, and the de­lay in rolling out the BWA net­works, even af­ter a year of pay­ing out the li­cense fees, has forced the tower seg­ment to dis­play a re­luc­tant per­for­mance.

3G roll­out be­ing lim­ited to the top 40 cities in In­dia and the pri­mary fo­cus be­ing on up­grad­ing and uti­liz­ing the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture, has pulled the seg­ment down. Ac­cord­ing to VOICE&DATA es­ti­mates, the tele­com tower in­dus­try added a mere 7,213 tow­ers in fis­cal 2011-12 flat growth. The key play­ers in the tele­com tower busi­ness are In­dus Tow­ers, Bharti In­fratel, Viom Net­works, GTL, Amer­i­can Tow­ers, BSNL, and MTNL.


Main­tain­ing its place at the #1 po­si­tion is In­dus. The com­pany that has three an­chor clients Bharti air­tel, Voda­fone, and Idea Cel­lu­lar to its credit boasts of 109,114 tow­ers. In­dus Tow­ers has cov­er­age in 16 cir­cles and healthy ten­ancy ra­tio of 1.94 has a high speed-to-mar­ket. With new op­er­a­tors rolling out ser­vices, the tower com­pany is on a high-growth tra­jec­tory.

The com­pany is also bet­ting big on its green en­deavor and test­ing wind power and gas so­lu­tions—be it piped nat­u­ral gas, LPG so­lu­tions, and CNG based so­lu­tions. The com­pany is de­vel­op­ing biomass so­lu­tions for tele­com tow­ers. It seems that the com­pany is plan­ning to de­ploy all these so­lu­tions in large num­bers in the near fu­ture and plans to be the largest green en­ergy de­ploy­ment in the world for the tele­com ver­ti­cal.

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