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Zain Iraq finalizes sale and leaseback of four,968 towers to TASC Towers Iraq

BAGHDAD/KUWAIT: Zain Workforce introduced that its operation in Iraq has entered into a undeniable 15-year settlement to promote and leaseback, in addition to the control rights of the passive bodily infrastructure of its 4,968 tower portfolio in Iraq to TASC Towers Iraq for $180 million.

The deal additionally contains of TASC Towers Iraq increasing the community and development new tower websites around the nation to fulfill the rising call for for knowledge connectivity as in line with native marketplace necessities, together with an agreed 198 new websites over the following one year. Moreover, TASC Towers will set up Zain Iraq’s supporting amenities similar to energy turbines, gas tanks and shelters.

Zain Iraq will retain its energetic infrastructure, together with wi-fi communique radios, antennas, clever tool, transmission techniques, and highbrow assets with appreciate to managing its telecom community.

TASC Towers (www.tasctowers.com), headquartered in Dubai, is a global tower operator excited by sale and leaseback, build-to-suit and tower similar investments within the MENEASA marketplace (Center East, North & East Africa and South Asia). As an impartial tower operator, TASC Towers’ subsidiary in Iraq will paintings on optimizing co-location of cellular community websites with different telecom operators within the nation, that can lead to a greater usage of cellular web site infrastructure, the aid of energy turbines and therefore the trade’s carbon footprint.

Bader Al-Kharafi, Zain Vice-Chairman of Workforce CEO mentioned: “Zain’s ‘4Sight’ technique targets to create vital worth for shareholders throughout the unlocking of capital and optimization of infrastructure belongings which can flourish beneath the control of an impartial workforce. This transaction will support operational efficiencies and empower Zain Iraq with larger flexibility to put money into community upgrades and state of the art ICT applied sciences to fulfill the ever-increasing call for for dependable and high-speed connectivity.”

Al-Kharafi added, “I congratulate each the Zain and TASC Towers groups for his or her competence in finishing this landmark deal that can be instrumental in creating Iraq’s virtual financial system and paves the best way for tower infrastructure sharing, the most important component in our team extensive carbon footprint aid technique that targets for Zain to transition to Internet-0 through 2050.”

Iyad Mazhar, CEO of TASC Towers commented, “As we amplify TASC Towers’ presence around the area, we stay up for taking part in a key position within the evolution of Iraq’s virtual financial system and the sure affect it has on socio-economic enlargement for the neighborhood. Our impartial running type complements the operational and carbon potency of passive tower infrastructure, which can permit cellular operators to take a position extra in era upgrades and connectivity speeds.”

This Iraq tower sale is the fourth tower transaction undertaken through Zain following equivalent pioneering offers together with the switch of two,830 towers in Jordan, 1,620 towers in Kuwait and eight,100 towers in Saudi Arabia.

Via releasing a telecom’s sources, tower sale and leaseback offers allow Zain operations to laser focal point at the telecom’s core trade and shoppers, subsequently offering them an outstanding cellular and knowledge enjoy. FTI Capital Advisors acted as unique monetary marketing consultant to Zain Workforce in this transaction.

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