Mobile operator “T2 RTK holding” (Tele2) is in talks to sell its cell towers with several consortia of potential investors, said CEO of the company Sergey Emdin, the Agency “Interfax” on Wednesday, March 30. Among applicants for purchase of assets — infrastructure company “Russian towers”, the Russian direct investment Fund (RDIF), “VTB Capital”, as well as a number of foreign companies, he said.
That Tele2 is ready to sell towers in February 2016, said the newspaper “Vedomosti”. Then the newspaper’s sources among the potential buyers were from the RDIF. Any agreements with investors Tele2 has not yet reached, all the talks are at an initial stage, said the representative of the operator Konstantin Prokshin. According to him, the goal of Tele2 is to achieve savings and obtain long-term benefits, so important for a company and conditions subsequent lease of the towers.
The first among the Russian operators about its intention to sell cell towers in November 2015 announced “VimpelCom” (brand “Beeline”). Before that, in late October, Bloomberg reported on plans of the parent company VimpelCom to sell 50 thousand rigs in Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia and Ukraine for $5 billion, the company Itself does not disclose the number of owned towers. According to Vedomosti, in Russia, the operator put up for sale 10-12 thousand towers and hopes to gain at least $500 million.
MegaFon has allocated 14 thousand towers in separate structure — “the First tower company.” The operator is looking for buyers for 49% of the company, reported Vedomosti. MegaFon would prefer to sell the tower not the first Russian operators — in this case, the infrastructure company will be interested and those who already own similar assets, and those wishing to enter this market, told reporters in March CEO Ivan Tavrin. According to him, serious talks with potential investors will begin no earlier than six months.
MTS is the only operator of the “big four”, which is not going to sell their rigs (the company does not disclose). The company is ready to compete with the tower company, which will appear on the market after the sale of the infrastructure of one of the operators, told reporters in March the Vice-President for technology and IT of the operator Andrey Ushatsky.