Helios Towers enters South African market with Vulatel deal


Telecommunications tower operator Helios Towers has entered the South African market, promising big investments in infrastructure as the country moves to 5G.

Working with local partner Vulatel, it plans to make “major greenfield wireless and fixed-line telecoms infrastructure investments” in the country, it said.

Black-owned Vulatel is led by its CEO and chairman, Tlhabeli Ralebitso, who was the founding MD of Vodacom Ventures and previously led Vodacom Group’s M&A and investor relations functions. Ralebitso is supported by Vulatel’s MD, Jean-Pierre Crouse, who was chief implementation officer at Dark Fibre Africa. The company began operations in 2017 after acquiring Dimension Data’s fibre and wireless division (formerly Plessey South Africa).

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