WASHINGTON, D.C., December 22, 1999 —
The International Finance Corporation is making an equity investment of
US$5 million in Convergence Communications Inc. (CCI), a facilities-based
operator of broadband communications networks in Latin America.
CCI provides broadband, high-speed data connections, Internet access, video
and voice over IP services, through networks based on packet-switched technology
and Internet Protocol. The investment will enable CCI to meet the large
market demand for data traffic fueled by the growth and increasing importance
of the Internet. The project will help to expand CCI's operations and improve
access to the Internet in Mexico, Venezuela and Central America.
The $109.5 million project is IFC's first investment in an Internet-related
service provider in Central and Latin America. The project consists of
$83.5 million of private equity and a credit facility of $26 million. The
investor group consists of Telematica EDC, C.A., an affiliate
of Corporacion de Electricidad de Caracas, S.A., the largest private-sector
electric utility in Venezuela, TCW/Latin America Partners LLC, a private
equity fund, Fondelec Essential Services Growth Fund, L.P., a private
equity investment firm, Internexus S.A., and Glacier Latin-America Ltd.
The project will help close the gap between developed and emerging economies
as the information revolution continues to spread worldwide, said Declan
Duff, IFC Director of Telecommunications, Transportation and Utilities.
The mission of IFC, part of the World Bank Group, is to promote private
sector investment in developing countries, which will reduce poverty and
improve people's lives. IFC finances private sector investments in the
developing world, mobilizes capital in the international financial markets,
and provides technical assistance and advice to governments and businesses.