Monday, March 12, 2007

Temasek, Crown Castle in talks with Tata Teleservices for stake in towers business

Singapore-based government private equity arm Temasek Holdings and wireless tower operator Crown Castle International are in talks to buy around 15% in the mobile phone towers business of Tata Teleservices Limited. Tata Teleservices is in talks with several firms about spinning off its mobile phone towers into a separate unit, part or all of which could then be sold. The tower business of Tata Teleservices has been valued at up to $1 bn. Temasek already holds nearly 10% of the company, which has more than 5000 mobile phone towers. Tata Teleservices, along with subsidiary Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Limited, has more than 15.5 mn subscribers in India.

Rival firm Reliance Communications Limited is spinning off its towers business into a separate unit. American Tower Corporation as well as private equity firms including Blackstone, Carlyle and Temasek have shown interest in Reliance Communications' towers unit.

Read the article in The Economic Times.

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