Cellnex to spend €250m on edge computing centres for France’s Bouygues

10 December 2018 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

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Spanish wireless infrastructure operator Cellnex Telecom is to invest up to €250 million building 88 “strategic telecom centres” – effectively edge computing centres – for French mobile operator Bouygues Telecom.

Cellnex said that this agreement will reinforce and extend the cooperation they began in 2016 and 2017 which foresees the acquisition and further roll-out of more than 5,000 sites in France by 2022.

The new agreement will give Bouygues the data processing capabilities for 5G services, said Cellnex, taking into account the data volume and latency performance levels of the applications that are associated with 5G connectivity.

Tobias Martinez, CEO of Cellnex Telecom underlined the strategic importance “of an agreement in which Cellnex and Bouygues continue to enhance a long-term industrial partnership model”.

He said: “It not only reinforces our position in the French market, but, thanks to the collaboration with a key anchor customer like Bouygues, will allow us to develop key decisive elements of the 5G ecosystem and the service we offer our customers such as the the data processing capacity distributed in the network, without which the potential of 5G could not be realised.”

Cellnex Telecom says it will have a total portfolio of 28,000 sites by 2022. It has sights in Spain, Italy, Netherlands, France, Switzerland and the UK.

In 2017 it bought Alticom, a Dutch infrastructure provider, for €133 million, and took control of Sunrise Telecommunications’ tower subsidiary in Switzerland for €430 million.