123RF Acquires Autodesk Pixlr to Boost the World’s Creative Ecosystem

SAN FRANCISCO and HONG KONG, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — 123RF has acquired Pixlr, one of the world’s most widely used cloud and mobile photo editors from Autodesk, Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

With the addition of this powerful and free image editing tool, Inmagine Group, the parent company of 123RF, moves a step closer to its mission of creating a holistic creative ecosystem that makes great design accessible to all.

This acquisition propels Inmagine Group’s unique monthly active users (MAUs) towards the 50 million mark in addition to a compelling mobile strategy with over 100 million installs of Pixlr mobile apps, thereby creating a new vertically-integrated platform that delivers engaging user experiences to the creative community.

Founded in 2008, Pixlr offers a suite of cloud-based image tools and utilities such as photo editing tool Pixlr Editor, Pixlr Express, Pixlr iOS/Android App and Pixlr-O-Matic.

Since acquiring Pixlr in 2011, Autodesk has invested to expand the portfolio and bring powerful editing tools to millions of users around the world and in the process, grew the user base twenty-fold.

123RF’s in-house production team of over 200 will begin working to expand the Pixlr content library as a value add to its users, ensuring Pixlr communities will continue to have access to new tools and content.

„As part of our ongoing business model transition, Autodesk has decided to focus development resources on our core product portfolio, so we were pleased to find in 123RF a partner who is committed to supporting the Pixlr community and investing in ongoing enhancements to the product,” said Thomas Heermann, Autodesk senior director, digital arts.  „Autodesk remains committed to providing tools and services that can help anybody make anything, and we will work with 123RF to ensure that the Autodesk and Pixlr user communities continue to have access to the broadest set of design tools.” 

Andy Sitt, founder and chairman of Inmagine Group and 123RF added, „It’s a game-changing collaboration that empowers creatives with seamless access to free and affordable content within their favorite free image editing tools. Through this transaction, both 123RF and Autodesk aim to develop and enhance Pixlr to inspire more users worldwide.”


Pixlr was started in Sweden in August 2008 and offers a suite of cloud-based image editing tools and utilities (web and mobile) such as Pixlr Editor, Pixlr-O-Matic and Pixlr Express. Pixlr’s tools are built to enable non-professionals and professionals alike to create, edit, and share images online via social networking services or utilize in various creative works.



Inmagine Group has over 450 staff in 40 offices around the globe. It was founded in 2000 as Inmagine.com and, despite being fully bootstrapped, has quickly expanded its reach with sites like 123RF.com, TheHungryJPEG.com, StockUnlimited.com, Designs.net. Inmagine Group has one of the world’s largest content libraries across the creative ecosystem and draws over 40 million visitors a month to its various online properties.



Founded in 2005, 123RF has grown to be one of the world’s largest royalty-free digital stock agency. As part of the Inmagine Group, 123RF has helped a wide clientele of individuals and businesses from more than 40 locations worldwide tell their stories using creative imagery, sounds and motion contributed by talents from around the world. 123RF aims to be a creative solutions enabler through constant innovation, new products and services.


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Global Flavored Powder Drinks Market 2017-2021

NEW YORK, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

About Flavored Powder Drinks

There are many drivers contributing to the growth of the global flavored powder drinks market. The primary factor contributing to the growth of the market is the increasing awareness about the health benefits of flavored powder drinks. The growth in the organized retail also increases the product availability for the consumers, which will, in turn, drive the market.

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Technavio’s analysts forecast the global flavored powder drinks market to grow at a CAGR of 8.16% during the period 2017-2021.

Covered in this report
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global flavored powder drinks market for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of flavored powder drinks.

The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
• Americas

Technavio’s report, Global Flavored Powder drinks Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Key vendors
• Abbott
• Associated British Foods (ABF)
• GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
• Mondeléz International
• Nestlé
• PepsiCo

Other prominent vendors
• Bristol-Myers Squibb de Mexico
• Danone
• Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF)
• Rasna
• SensoryEffects
• VV Food & Beverage
• Zydus Wellness

Market driver
• Rising awareness about the health benefits of flavored powder drinks
• For a full, detailed list, view our report

Market challenge
• Competition from RTD flavored drinks
• For a full, detailed list, view our report

Market trend
• Growing preference for online shopping
• For a full, detailed list, view our report

Key questions answered in this report
• What will the market size be in 2021 and what will the growth rate be?
• What are the key market trends?
• What is driving this market?
• What are the challenges to market growth?
• Who are the key vendors in this market space?
• What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
• What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?

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M.D.C. Holdings Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

DENVER, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MDC) today announced that its board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of twenty-five cents ($0.25) per share on the Company’s common stock.  The dividend will be paid on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 to shareowners of record on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

About M.D.C. Holdings, Inc.

M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1972. MDC’s homebuilding subsidiaries, which operate under the name Richmond American Homes, have built and financed the American Dream for more than 190,000 homebuyers since 1977.  MDC’s commitment to customer satisfaction, quality and value is reflected in each home its subsidiaries build. MDC is one of the largest homebuilders in the United States. Its subsidiaries have homebuilding operations across the country, including the metropolitan areas of Denver, Colorado Springs, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, RiversideSan Bernardino, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Orlando, Jacksonville, South Florida and Seattle. The Company’s subsidiaries also provide mortgage financing, insurance and title services, primarily for Richmond American homebuyers, through HomeAmerican Mortgage Corporation, American Home Insurance Agency, Inc. and American Home Title and Escrow Company, respectively. M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol „MDC.” For more information, visit www.mdcholdings.com.

Analysis of Top 30 Features of Mass Market and Luxury OEMs in North America, 2016-2025

NEW YORK, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Driver-centric Technologies Growing at 15%, Creating Opportunities for OEMs and Tier I Suppliers Alike

Government mandates on safety and emission regulations are driving auto Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to offer advanced technology features in cars. Advancement in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), in-vehicle connectivity, and electric vehicle technology has enabled OEMs and suppliers to continuously innovate and provide new features to customers. The goal for auto OEMs is to build safe and comfortable cars.

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This can be achieved by autonomous cars that can interact with other cars, offering an extremely safe travelling experience. In the process of doing so, partnerships between auto OEMs, suppliers and technology companies are expected to increase. These partnerships are expected to open up ideas for new business models that offer data-based services to customers. A majority of the top 30 features identified in this study are currently available across very few models, owing to the high technology cost; however, they have a great potential to penetrate across multiple models and hence, are worthy of investing into. Therefore, automotive OEMs and suppliers must watch out for potential opportunities to invest in the top technologies to gain a competitive edge.

Research Aim:
The aim of this research is to identify the top 30 features in automobiles in both luxury and mass-market segments in North America and predict their penetration rates in 2025.

Research Scope:
• Classifying the top 30 features identified in this research under 6 technology clusters: Powertrain, Chassis, Safety, Comfort, Connected Car, and Electric Vehicle Technologies
• Providing penetration rates of top 30 features for mass-market and luxury vehicle segments covering 22 automotive brands for 2016 and 2025 predictions
• Highlighting the feature-spread across brands and segments
• Understanding various stakeholder strategies in 2016 and 2025
• Looking into driving forces such as government regulations and customer preference driving each technology cluster
• Highlighting stakeholders’ current (2016) and future (2025) investment activities toward building technological competency across the 6 clusters
• Indicating the relative growth rate across the top 30 features identified

Key Questions this Study Will Answer:
1. What are the top 30 automotive features across mass-market and luxury segments in North America and what will be their respective penetration rates in 2016 and 2025?
2. How are the identified top 30 features spread across different segments within mass-market and luxury segments?
3. What are the relative adoption rates of the top 30 features in mass-market and luxury segments in 2016 and 2025?
4. What is the relative technology maturity rate of the top 30 features and what are the various stakeholder strategies for 2025?
5. What are various growth opportunities and strategic imperatives that Frost & Sullivan has identified for auto OEMs and suppliers?
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Picosun’s Service Portfolio Extends to Precursor Chemicals

ESPOO, Finland, and REDCAR, England, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Picosun Oy, leading supplier of state-of-the-art industrial ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) solutions launches delivery service of ALD precursor chemicals. This service is implemented in cooperation with several well-known chemical manufacturers.

Picosun’s ALD business continues to expand not only in semiconductor manufacturing but in other fields of industry as well. Picosun has therefore developed a comprehensive portfolio of flexible, high-quality and cost-effective services with its industrial partners. As new processes are ramped up for large scale production, an efficient supply chain for ALD-specific services such as chemicals is vital.

One of Picosun’s new partners is EpiValence Ltd, manufacturer of high quality specialty chemicals for electronics industries, with whom Picosun now collaborates to offer fast and smooth precursor delivery to all PICOSUN™ ALD tool users. The service includes chemicals, and filling and shipping of the precursor containers to the customer site where they can be directly connected to the ALD tool. Cleaning and refill service for used containers is also available.

„We at Picosun want to ensure first class customer experience by delivering all-inclusive ALD solutions, combining the equipment and processes with a full-scale service portfolio and centralized supply of all required accessories and consumables. Precursor chemicals are an integral part of this supply. We are very happy to deepen our collaboration with EpiValence, who is well-known for its top-quality products targeted specifically for the microelectronics sector. Together we can deliver everything our customers need to run successful ALD production,” states Dr. Erik Østreng, Applications and Services Director of Picosun.

„EpiValence is driven by offering our customers the highest quality products and an unrivalled service level. Picosun shares these values, which makes them the ideal partner for us. Together we can ensure uninterrupted supply and secure delivery of both ALD chemicals and tools to a worldwide clientele. We are delighted to join forces with Picosun to enable customers a complete and united supply chain for ALD technology,” continues Chris Richards, Commercial Director of EpiValence.

Picosun provides the most advanced ALD thin film coating technology to enable the industrial leap into the future, with turn-key production solutions and unmatched expertise in the field. Today, PICOSUN™ ALD equipment are in daily manufacturing use in numerous major industries around the world. Picosun is based in Finland, with subsidiaries in Europe, North America, Singapore, Taiwan, China, and Japan, and a world-wide sales and support network. For more information visit www.picosun.com.

EpiValence Ltd is a chemical manufacturer with focus to produce high quality precursors with excellent customer service for the electronics industry. Our experienced technical team has extensive knowledge of precursor development (molecule design, small quantity synthesis) and process development and scale up in house. This commercial scale capability allows customers to be confident that their material roadmap requirements can be achieved. For more information visit www.epivalence.com.

More information:

Dr. Erik Østreng
Applications and Services Director, Picosun Oy
Tel: +358-50-321-1955
Email: erik.ostreng@picosun.com

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Los Angeles Based Website Now Expands Its Educational Article Database Related To Cosmetic Dentistry

One of our main goals is to open up the world of cosmetic dentistry by making it easy for the average person to understand. – Senior Editor of AmericanCosmeticDentistry.org

It’s been said that there are many reasons a person should smile on a daily basis. According to an article on The Huffington Post, some of the reasons include improving the mood of a person, reducing stress and making someone seem more trustworthy. One of the ways to achieve a good smile is undergoing cosmetic dentistry. AmericanCosmeticDentistry.org, a website based in Los Angeles, aims to educate the public by expanding its article database to showcase the latest information and news related to the field of cosmetic dentistry.

According to the senior editor of the website, “One of our main goals is to open up the world of cosmetic dentistry by making it easy for the average person to understand. We accomplish this goal by providing relevant and up to date information about the various types of cosmetic dentistry currently available to patients. We also shine the spotlight on the reasons why a person decides to have a cosmetic dentistry procedure.”

The expanded article database also reports on changes in cosmetic dentistry techniques. The senior editor went on to say, “The techniques used to perform cosmetic dentistry have evolved and improved over the last decade resulting in shorter recovery times for patients. Our expanded article database contains the latest information about cosmetic dentistry so patients will be informed and knowledgeable about what they can expect both during and after the procedure.”

AmericanCosmeticDentistry.org plans to continue the expansion of its article database throughout 2017. According to the senior editor, the advancements and improvements in cosmetic dentistry makes it a popular topic among patients and those in the medical community. The website will include regular updates on the methods used to perform cosmetic dentistry as well as breaking news about medical research related to the subject of cosmetic dentistry.

About AmericanCosmeticDentistry.org:
AmericanCosmeticDentistry.org aims to be the number one resource for information and issues related to dental care for both current and future patients.

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Greenberg Traurig’s Arthur Don to Speak at ACA’s Spring 2017 Compliance Conference in Florida

Arthur Don, co-chair of the Investment Regulation Group at global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, will participate in the ACA Spring 2017 Compliance Conference, Thursday, May 4, in Florida.

The ACA Compliance Conference will bring together industry experts, leading attorneys, and experienced senior professionals to discuss the challenging compliance, cybersecurity, and performance issues firms face in the industry today.

Mr. Don will speak on the panel, “Business Continuity: What Should Advisors be doing Now?” which will focus on mergers and acquisitions of advisory firms, incapacitation of a key man, and winding down. The panel will also address the recently proposed SEC Rule 206(4)-4, which will require advisers to develop business continuity plans designed to mitigate the impact of business disruptions or transitions. He will discuss the details of the rule and what advisers should be taking into consideration as they build out their plans.

Mr. Don has more than 30 years of experience representing mutual funds, public investment companies, fund independent directors, investment advisers, private investment funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, broker-dealers, and public companies in a variety of sophisticated securities transactions. His experience includes various aspects of investment company practice, from organizing new funds through acquisitions and mergers of funds. He has represented issuers and underwriters in numerous public offerings. He also frequently advises independent directors on fiduciary duties and clients on compliance policy issues.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Financial Regulatory and Compliance Group

Greenberg Traurig’s Financial Regulatory and Compliance Group has wide-ranging experience assisting national, regional and local clients in a variety of matters affecting the financial services industry. The national team of skilled attorneys works with clients as they face regulatory, litigation, legislative, supervision, examination, licensing, compliance and governance matters. Greenberg Traurig’s regulatory attorneys regularly advise banks, broker-dealers, investment advisors, mortgage lenders and servicers, payday lenders, consumer finance companies, registered and private investment funds, debt collectors and other financial institutions in complying with state and federal regulatory requirements and interfacing with governmental agencies.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GTLaw) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. One firm worldwide, GTLaw has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the second largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2016, and among the Top 20 on the 2016 Am Law Global 100. Web: http://www.gtlaw.com Twitter: @GT_Law.

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Marcato Identifies Major Mistake In Buffalo Wild Wings Definitive Proxy Statement

SAN FRANCISCO, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Marcato Capital Management LP („Marcato”), a San Francisco-based investment manager which manages funds that beneficially own approximately 6.1% of the outstanding common shares of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD) („Buffalo Wild Wings”), today issued a statement in response to inaccurate information contained in definitive proxy materials filed by Buffalo Wild Wings on April 21, 2017.

In the executive summary on page 29 of its definitive proxy statement, Buffalo Wild Wings provided a chart comparing its 5-year total shareholder return (TSR) to the S&P 600 Restaurant Index, indicating that shares of BWLD had outperformed the S&P 600 Restaurant Index.  In fact, shares of BWLD have underperformed the S&P 600 Restaurant Index by over 60% during the 5-year period shown.

Mick McGuire, Managing Partner of Marcato, said, „This kind of sloppy, self-serving ‚analysis,’ which has gone uncorrected for three full days, including a trading day, is emblematic of what we believe is management’s careless approach to assessment of shareholder value. This is an astronomical error and the fact that we need to point it out should make all shareholders question many arguments management has put forth. For example, how many other mistakes have been made in management’s misguided efforts to preserve the status quo?  Where is Board oversight?  Who on the Board is proofreading management’s analysis?  Where are the advisors? How much value has been destroyed thanks to sloppy ‚analysis’ like this?  In our view, shareholders deserve board oversight and accountability, which they will get if they elect Marcato’s nominees to the Board on June 2, 2017.”

Marcato encourages all BWLD shareholders to visit www.WinningAtWildWings.com to review information about Marcato’s investment in Buffalo Wild Wings.

Your Vote Is Important, No Matter How Many or How Few Shares You Own!

Please vote today by telephone, via the Internet or
by signing, dating and returning the enclosed WHITE proxy card.
Simply follow the easy instructions on the WHITE proxy card.

If you have questions about how to vote your shares, please contact:

Shareholders May Call Toll-free: (888) 750-5834
Banks and Brokers May Call Collect: (212) 750-5833

Please simply discard any Yellow proxy card that you may receive from Buffalo Wild Wings. Returning a Yellow proxy card – even if you „withhold” on the Company’s nominees – will revoke any vote you had previously submitted on Marcato’s
WHITE proxy card.


Marcato International Master Fund Ltd. („Marcato International”), together with the other participants in Marcato International’s proxy solicitation, have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission („SEC”), and are mailing to shareholders on or about April 20, 2017, a definitive proxy statement and accompanying WHITE proxy card to be used to solicit proxies in connection with the 2017 annual meeting of shareholders (the „Annual Meeting”) of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (the „Company”). Shareholders are advised to read the proxy statement and any other documents related to the solicitation of shareholders of the Company in connection with the Annual Meeting because they contain important information, including information relating to the participants in Marcato International’s proxy solicitation. These materials and other materials filed by Marcato International with the SEC in connection with the solicitation of proxies are available at no charge on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov. The definitive proxy statement and other relevant documents filed by Marcato International with the SEC are also available, without charge, by directing a request to Marcato International’s proxy solicitor, Innisfree M&A Incorporated, toll-free at (888) 750-5834 (banks and brokers may call collect at (212) 750-5833). 

The participants in the proxy solicitation are Marcato International, Marcato Capital Management LP, Marcato Special Opportunities Master Fund LP („Marcato Special Opportunities Fund”), Emil Lee Sanders, Richard T. McGuire III, Sam Rovit and Scott O. Bergren (collectively, the „Participants”).

As of the date hereof, Marcato International directly owns 950,000 shares of common stock, no par value, of BWW (the „Common Stock”), representing approximately 5.9% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock and Marcato Special Opportunities Fund directly owns 32,600 shares of Common Stock, representing approximately 0.2% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock.

In addition, Marcato Capital Management LP, as the investment manager of Marcato International and Marcato Special Opportunities Fund, may be deemed to have the shared power to vote or direct the vote of (and the shared power to dispose or direct the disposition of) the shares of Common Stock held by Marcato and Marcato Special Opportunities Fund, therefore, may be deemed to be the beneficial owner of such shares.  By virtue of Mr. McGuire’s position as the managing partner of Marcato Capital Management LP, Mr. McGuire may be deemed to have the shared power to vote or direct the vote of (and the shared power to dispose or direct the disposition of) the shares of Common Stock held by Marcato International and Marcato Special Opportunities Fund and, therefore, Mr. McGuire may be deemed to be the beneficial owner of such shares.

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China Bicycle Sharing Industry Report, 2017-2021

NEW YORK, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The sharing economy, including bicycle sharing, has flourished along with the spread of smartphone and a surge in mobile users. As an important part of urban slow/shared transport system, the bicycle sharing industry, characterized by being green, and convenient & efficient, and economical & environment-friendly, has boomed in 2016 with total users of up to 20.30 million and an operation market of RMB1.15 billion across the country.

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The year 2017 will witness an explosive growth for operators, with annual users of shared bicycles expected to amount to 61.70 million, about two times increase, and the operation market reaching RMB8.86 billion, skyrocketing by 670.4% over the previous year. The figures will hit 198 million and RMB29.05 billion in 2021, representing a CAGR of roughly 57.7% and 90.8% during 2016-2021, respectively.

A booming market brings fierce competition. No less than 30 operators have plunged in the industry since the second half of 2016, according to incomplete statistics. Coverage of cities: by the early Apr 2017, ofo has made its presence in 44 domestic cities and 3 overseas cities; Mobike took a lead by making its way into more than 35 domestic cities as well as Singapore. Placing of bicycles: by the end of Mar 2017, ofo operated with a total of 1.10 million bicycles, about 27.5% of the country’s total (4 million); Mobike seized a 20% market share with approximately 800,000 bicycles. However, the two pacemakers have seen a significant decline in market share since the year began.

Rapid development of the bicycle sharing market has attracted an inrush of capital, entrepreneurs, and startups during 2016-2017. According to public information, ofo raised USD450 million in D-round financing, while Mobike has closed its E-round financing. Youon, as a mature bicycle-sharing operator, dived into the capital market directly, and its IPO has been approved by the China Securities Regulatory Commission.

China Bicycle Sharing Industry Report, 2017-2021 highlights the following:
Overview of bicycle sharing industry in China (definition, classification, model comparison, major policies, etc.);
Bicycle industry in China (output, import & export, consumption, etc.);
Overview of bicycle-sharing industry (market size, number of bicycles placed, etc.);
Multi-dimensional competitive landscape of the Chinese bicycle-sharing market (number of bicycles placed, coverage, price, financing, etc.);
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Sub-Saharan Africa Mobile Telecom Infrastructure Market, Forecast to 2021

NEW YORK, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

  • As one of the least connected regions in the world, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) continued growth in the number of mobile towers is expected. This growth is likely to be driven by third-party tower companies (towercos).

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  • The towercos are offering a range of tower outsourcing solutions, which ranges the outright selling of towers in sale-lease-back (SLB) structures, build-to-suit, manage with license to lease (MLL), to colocation and basic managed services of the infrastructure on behalf of the operator.
  • The market for tower services in the region was worth an estimated $991.7 million in 2016, and is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.8%, to reach $1,508.4 million in 2021.
  • This market insight provides an analysis of the telecoms tower industry in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a special focus on some of the leading markets in the region, including Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania.
  • It focuses on the current structure of tower ownership between mobile network operators (MNOs) and towercos and how this is expected to evolve over the long-term. The report also provides an overview of the current and expected base of mobile towers in the region, highlighting potential opportunities in the market and competitive structure across selected countries.
  • MNOs are becoming open to selling off or outsourcing the management of their infrastructure to third-party providers in order focus on their core operations. With MNOs still looking to increase their network coverage, towercos will need to secure prime sites in urban areas and strategic locations in rural areas that can offer a long-term Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) from value-added services.
  • Markets such as Nigeria, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have a high population and relatively low mobile Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) penetration. They are expected to have the highest growth in towers deployed as MNOs look to increase their network coverage.
  • With their high base of towers, coupled with the low penetration of towerco-owned towers, South Africa and Kenya offer the greatest potential for future tower sales. However, the leading operators have not demonstrated a willingness to sell their towers in the short to medium-term.
  • There is a growing opportunity for towercos to boost tenancy ratios from leasing capacity to emerging, relatively small providers of wireless broadband services such as WiFi and Long Term Evolution (LTE).
  • Given the region’s under-developed energy infrastructure towercos have an opportunity to drive cost-savings through energy management. There is growing interest in hybrid systems to power mobile sites, using power from the grid and renewable energy solutions such as solar together with batteries for energy storage. The towercos can look to either partner with or acquire specialist energy technology providers to accelerate their capabilities in this space.