Indonesian publicly listed tower operator Nusantara Infrastructure is looking to increase its revenue through the expansion of its tower infrastructure through both acquisitions and deploying more of its own assets in the near future. The Jakarta Post quotes Nusantara CEO Ramdani Basri as saying last week that in the next five years, it expects profits from its tower-leasing business to account for 25% of total revenue. ‘At the moment, our toll road business makes up around 70 percent of our total revenue. We expect that contributions from our tower business and other non-toll businesses to become more significant in five years,’ Ramdani said, adding that his company aims to buy 250 telecoms towers in 2014 to boost its total to 750 by year-end. The official confirmed too that its planned acquisition could involve assets currently held by mobile operator XL Axiata which is looking to sell off its tower base. ‘The current trend is for telecommunication operators to spin off their telecommunication towers and focus more on developing their telecommunications technologies. As an infrastructure company, we will surely take advantage of any opportunity to tap into that business, as long as it is economically viable,’ he said.
XL Axiata has opened bidding on its 8,000 telecoms towers and has already received bids from four groups, namely: Tower Bersama Infrastructure, Sarana Menara Nusantara, Solusi Tunas Pratama and Inti Bangun Sejahtera.