India Cell Tower Utilization is an Issue

Some of us would argue that India is the world’s toughest mobile market, with unusually high numbers of mobile competitors, rather limited spectrum, high taxation and fee structures, brutal retail cost constraints and high infrastructure costs. Inefficiency might also be on the list of issues.

At a time when mobile operators complain that call drop rates are too high in part because mobile companies face obstacles placing new cell sites, tower utilization arguably is rather low as well, at about 1.3 tenants per tower.

In other markets, it might not be unusual to see four or more tenants  on many towers.



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