The history of the group
The Helios Towers Group was formed in December 2009, with the vision of becoming a major infrastructure player in the burgeoning mobile markets of Africa.
We have grown through M&A and by building our own towers to serve the rapidly ascending growth curve of subscribers and technologies.
Our story began in Ghana in 2010, where we pioneered the first Sale and Leaseback of tower infrastructure in Africa, in a transaction with Millicom that gave us an opening fleet of 832 towers. These were rapidly followed in 2011 by a further 1686 towers acquired in Tanzania and DRC. The next year, 2012, saw us construct our first Built-To-Suit towers (259 sites, in Tanzania). We entered our fourth country, Congo-Brazzaville, in 2015 with the acquisition of 393 sites from Airtel.
Over seven years we have made seven acquisitions totalling more than 5,000 towers, and have constructed a further 1,600+. Together they accommodate the requirements of more than 12,000 tenancies.