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IHS Towers is Africa’s leading independent mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider currently owning and operating over 23,000 towers in Nigeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia and Rwanda. The company’s infrastructure and tower sharing model is crucial to telecoms accessibility for millions of Africans and has huge knock on benefits to SMEs and emerging businesses in the telecoms space.

Our team visited IHS’s operations in Nigeria to see how telecommunications is promoting economic growth. We meet 3 Nigerians: A dress designer, a cellphone recharge card seller and a photographer to explore the tangible connection between infrastructure, everyday life and amazing opportunities to grow.

Then we take things a step further, asking how renewable energy solutions can be a part of the picture. We explore IHS Towers’ commitment to sustainable energy solutions through solar powered towers and diesel reduction protocols and we meet the executives who are making this happen.

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  • A solar powered borehole given to a poor community in Ibadan by the Nigerian government as part of a MDGs project
  • Cellphone recharge card seller, Michael Pastor Adegbile, selling his cards at an informal roadside market in Ibadan 1
  • Cellphone recharge card seller, Michael Pastor Adegbile, selling his cards at an informal roadside market in Ibadan 2
  • Dress designer, Wumi Oladosu, measures IAT presenter, Lesedi Mogoatlhe, for making her a dress
  • Dress designer, Wumi Oladosu, receives a call from a customer enquiring about the progress of her garment 1
  • Dress designer, Wumi Oladosu, receives a call from a customer enquiring about the progress of her garment 2
  • Dress designer, Wumi Oladosu, taking fabric to her sewing room down the road from her shop in Ibadan
  • Dress designer, Wumi, takes a photo of the finished garment to send to her customer 2
  • Fibre Optic link site and tower
  • IAT presenter, Lesedi Mogoatlhe, being measured by Dress designer, Wumi Oladosu, for a dress she is making her
  • IHSs Deputy CEO, Mohamad Darwish, explains how the towers are powered to IATs presenter, Lesedi Mogoatlhe
  • Normal diesel powered IHS tower 1
  • Photographer, Taiwu Adeeyo, uses cellular technology to promote and run his photography and video production business in Ibadan, Nigeria 2
  • Photographer, Taiwu Adeeyo, uses cellular technology to promote and run his photography and video production business in Ibadan, Nigeria 5
  • Wumi Oladosu sewing at her dress design shop in Ibadan, Nigeria 1
  • Wumi Oladosu sewing at her dress design shop in Ibadan, Nigeria 3

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IHS and Sustainable Energy Solutions
Powering IHS’s cell phone towers is a huge challenge, especially in Nigeria with its unreliable electricity supply. Historically, sites were powered by diesel generators…but diesel is a pollutant.

As a way of addressing this, the company has solar powered sites as part of their renewable energy strategy, and hybrid battery and diesel sites that reduce diesel consumption.
 
IHS and Entrepreneurship
IHS Towers owns and manages over 23000 towers across Africa. Leasing space on them enables network operators to concentrate on their core business of bringing services like internet connectivity to entrepreneurs, like Nigerian photographer, Taiwo Adeeyo.
 
IHS and Small Business Development
IHS Towers is the leading independent mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Operators lease space on their towers, saving on costs and the headache of maintaining their own network infrastructure. As a result, small businesses benefit and grow.

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