Changing demands in the telecom sector present new opportunities for growth
Today, with data growth and the imminent launch of next gen 5G technology taking center stage, the next decade holds exciting new prospects for towercos. Plenty of new opportunities are arising for tower companies to shift their attention from a macro tower focused business, towards new business models hinged on fiber, small cells, data centers, Wi-Fi, smart cities and beyond.
With strong fundamentals, Indian towercos are well positioned to expand their infrastructure portfolio and tap into adjacencies. Fiber exhibits potential as deployment curve is expected to increase 1.9x and touch 2.8 million cable kilometers in 2023. Small cell deployment is another exciting opportunity, with outdoor small cell deployment slated to reach ~250,000 by 2023.
Advancing the capex to opex model, infracos can venture into data centers and edge computing (micro data centers) play. As the economy grows, low hanging revenue opportunities can come from capitalizing the real estate rights with the infrastructure providers – opening growth avenues in advertisements, electric vehicles infrastructure, security solutions and traffic control among others.