MTN, American Tower form JV in Ghana

Mrs. Mawuena Trebarh, Corporate Service Executive of MTN

The MTN Group has established a joint venture (JV) with the American Tower Corporation to start an operation in Ghana, they said on Monday.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of our operations in Ghana in partnership with MTN, Africa’s largest mobile operator,” said Jim Taiclet, chairperson of American Tower Corporation, in a joint statement.

The joint venture, TowerCo Ghana, will be managed by American Tower. It will be owned by a holding company of which a wholly owned American Tower subsidiary will hold a 51% share, while a wholly owned MTN Group subsidiary will hold the other 49%.

As part of the transaction, MTN Ghana will sell up to 1 876 of its existing sites to TowerCo Ghana for $428,3-million. American Tower will pay about $218,5-million for its 51% stake. The transaction is expected to close by early 2011, subject to the usual closing conditions.

American Tower is an operator and developer of broadcast and wireless communications sites. It owns and operates more than 33 000 communications sites in the United States, Latin America and India. MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. – Sapa

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