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In February, Cellnex, announced that they were targeting 80% coverage of the country with Ireland’s first national Internet of Things (IoT) network by the end of 2022 through its partnership with Everynet, which will bring a new nationwide low power wide area (LoRaWAN) network to all major cities & urban areas.

With the COVID 19 pandemic demonstrating the importance of connectivity and the ability to work, study and communicate from home, Cellnex launched “Get Connected” on a pilot basis across 9 counties, to bring together the power of local community to help identify mobile blackspots and to mobilise support within communities to participate in the planning and delivery of mobile connectivity in their local area.

In late 2021 Cellnex deployed the first 3 Small Cell solutions in Ireland in Dublin City Centre. This year-long project was driven by Dublin City Council, Smart Dublin, and the Telecom Infra project group.

The Small Cells delivery also showcased how Cellnex Ireland drive innovation as it involved the deployment of the first integrated Big Belly and Ligman pole solution across the European footprint.

In May 2020, Cellnex executed an agreement with Coillte, the Irish State Forestry company for exclusive rights to bring fibre to all the telecoms sites located in Coillte forests across Ireland further adding to Ce

In October 2020, Cellnex Telecom and Everynet, a leading provider of IoT connectivity services, reached an agreement to jointly promote the roll-out of new Internet of Things (IoT) networks in Italy, the United Kingdom and Ireland. These IoT networks, based on LoRaWAN technology, will be deployed on Cellnex’s extensive telecommunications infrastructure networks in these three countries and will rely on Everynet carrier-grade and secure IoT network solution.

In December 2020, Cellnex Telecom announced the acquisition of c.24,600 telecommunications towers and sites from CK Hutchison across including a portfolio of over 1,150 sites in Ireland bringing the portfolio in Ireland to over 1,700 sites.

In September 2019, Cellnex Telecom acquired the Cignal infrastructure Limited business, marking its first step into the Irish market. Following the acquisition, Cellnex confirmed their commitment to investing an additional €60m to rollout up to 600 sites by 2026.

The Cignal Infrastructure business launched in 2015 following the acquisition of 300 sites from Irish state forestry company Coillte.

The company also commenced delivery of fibre containment on its portfolio installing the passive infrastructure necessary to facilitate the provision of fibre backhaul services for its customers.

In December of 2019, the business was rebranded as Cellnex.

5G ecosystem rollout

In a year when the shareholding pattern is restructured following divestment by Abertis and the entry of ConnecT as a reference shareholder with 29.9% of the capital, the group positions itself to roll out the 5G ecosystem with the purchase of the Catalan fibre-optic network operator XOC and a comprehensive agreement with Bouygues Telecom in France for the acquisition and deployment of edge computing centres.

Consolidation, innovation and growth

With a committed investment of €1.2 billion, 2017 is a year marked by diversification of the business into lines of activity and markets, with greater weight given to infrastructure services, comprising 60% of revenue, and an expansion of the customer base and sites.


The company enters Switzerland with the purchase of Swiss Towers AG, which operates 2 239 telecommunications towers and sites in the country, and expands its presence in France through the acquisition and/or construction of 4 600 additional sites for Bouygues Telecom.

The company positions itself for the launch of 5G with the purchase of ALTICOM in the Netherlands.

Aligning expectations and results

The diversification of territories and customers continues with the company entering: the Netherlands (following the purchase of Protelindo and Shere Group’s telecommunications sites); France (with the first major agreement with Bouygues Telecom) and the United Kingdom (acquisition of Shere Group).


Results exceed targets thanks to solid organic growth and an improvement in the risk profile. The company enters the IBEX 35 stock market index.

Operations such as the purchase of the Italian firm CommsCon, specialising in DAS & Small Cells, demonstrate the company’s commitment to innovation and solutions for future network densification.

Launch of a transformative project: Cellnex Telecom is born

Abertis Telecom buys 7 377 mobile towers and sites in Italy and becomes Europe’s leading independent telecommunications infrastructure operator shortly before it goes public on 7 May under the name Cellnex Telecom (CLNX) with the slogan “driving telecom connectivity”.

The market values the company at €3.243 billion. Five months after its debut, it enters the STOXX Europe index which represents the 600 largest companies in Europe.

First foothold in Italy

Abertis Telecom (now Cellnex Telecom) acquires TowerCo, a telecommunications operator that manages mobile towers located throughout the Italian motorway network.


It rolls out the first Internet of Things network in Spain, thereby positioning itself as a key player in the creation of an IoT ecosystem.

More sites

Pursuing the strategy of positioning itself in the telecommunications infrastructure sector, the company acquires 1 975 towers in Spain from the mobile operators Telefónica and Yoigo.

First towers

The company acquires 1 000 telecommunication towers from Telefónica in Spain and begins to lay the foundations for its future position as the key neutral operator in the development of new generation networks.

Smart Cities

Within the framework of the DTT expansion process, 3 Spanish MUXs start up, making a total of nine in operation.


The “Smart City Strategic Plan” is presented in collaboration with Sant Cugat and Lleida municipal councils, comprising the first step by Abertis Telecom (now Cellnex Telecom) towards developing products and services that contribute to the creation of smart cities.

Digital transition

In April, DTT coverage of 98% is achieved in Spain, completing the digital transition process, during which Abertis Telecom (now Cellnex Telecom) took on the task of digitalising its entire network of centres in record time.

Analogue switch-off

Stage I of the analogue shutdown is implemented, in accordance with the National DTT Transition Plan in Spain. Abertis Telecom (now Cellnex Telecom) switches off analogue broadcasting at the centres listed in 18 Technical Plans, giving way to digital broadcasting from over 280 centres on its network.

Maritime rescue by radio

Abertis Telecom (now Cellnex Telecom) continues to engage in business associated with mobile radio communications and is awarded the contract to provide the COMDES network for the Regional Government of Valencia (Generalitat Valenciana) and the “Maritime Distress and Safety System for the Safety of Life at Sea” for Maritime Rescue.


The first steps are taken towards the analogue switch-off for television in Spain.

Advanced DTT

Abertis Telecom (now Cellnex Telecom) concludes the acquisition of 32% of the satellite operator Eutelsat and begins to develop Advanced DTT through the TDT.COM and TDT 2.0 projects.

DTT operator

Abertis Telecom (now Cellnex Telecom) is awarded the contract to become the DTT signal operator for Spanish broadcasters with national coverage and a proposed total of over 20 channels and it acts as the official network provider at 3GSM World Congress.

Television coverage

The journey to DTT officially begins. Abertis Telecom (now Cellnex Telecom) has the only network in the whole of Spain that offers coverage to 80% of the population. It performs the first DTT tests on mobile phones, with technical pilot trials in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Zaragoza and Gijón.

Abertis Telecom

Work is undertaken to harmonise Retevisión and Tradia to ensure the profitability and smooth running of Abertis Telecom (now Cellnex Telecom).

Acquisition of Retevisión

After completing the split from Auna, Retevisión’s audiovisual business becomes part of Abertis Telecom (now Cellnex Telecom), giving the group a stronger presence in Spanish telecommunications.

The first DTT

Abertis Telecom (now Cellnex Telecom) is awarded the contract to develop and roll out DTT in La Rioja, Spain.

Private security networks

Abertis Telecom (now Cellnex Telecom) boosts its position in the radiocommunications sector for law enforcement and emergency agencies through the TETRA and Àgora networks.


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