Washington, D.C., November 26, 2013
-- Afrimax, a network operator, has secured an additional $56 million
in equity funding to create Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest 4G wireless data
network with the greatest spectrum allocation. The investment, which is
believed to be the largest ever placement for a greenfield network in Africa,
has been provided by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, the IFC African
Latin American and Caribbean Fund (IFC ALAC Fund), Four G Capital, KGC
Capital and private investors, spearheaded by Dick Kiphart. The wireless
data network will be based on the Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE)
technology, allowing Afrimax to provide optimum performance to wireless
internet users in Africa.
Afrimax’s 4G license footprint covers 222 million people in 12 African
markets. The initial network planning and deployment, has already started
in 7 markets and will roll out to all the countries under License over
the next 3 years, with new Licenses to be acquired in parallel.
“Our support to Afrimax is a continuation of our long term strategy to
enhance broadband access in Africa. Sub-Saharan African mobile penetration
is around 63% but broadband penetration is currently around 5%. Afrimax
will improve this, giving people in the region access to efficiency gains,
business opportunities and greater access to information enabled by broadband
data” said Aniko Szigetvari, Head, Media and Technology for IFC in Latin
America and Africa.
Sujoy Bose, Chief Investment Officer and the Head of the IFC ALAC Fund,
said “we are supporting a strong and experienced management team to launch
and expand broadband internet services that are very much needed in the
Sub-Saharan Africa countries.”
Afrimax was founded by Mobile Telephony entrepreneurs Jay Metcalfe (Chairman),
Peter Langkilde (Chief Executive Officer) and Rob Philpott (Chief Financial
Officer) who, for over twenty years, have been involved in highly successful
telecommunications start-ups, operations and financing in Africa and around
the world including Millicom, Celtel and BellSouth.
For more information, please go to www.afrimaxgroup.com,
or contact the Afrimax Press Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Afrimax, headquartered in the Netherlands and led by a highly experienced
Management team, is building a pan-African wireless broadband network based
on 4G TD-LTE technology and has already secured valuable spectrum and Licenses
in multiple markets to date. Management has a successful track record in
acquiring spectrum, building networks, and operating cellular services
in diverse geographic markets, including Africa. For more information,
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About IFC Asset Management Company
A wholly-owned subsidiary of IFC, IFC Asset Management Company, LLC is
IFC's fund management arm. AMC invests third-party capital alongside IFC,
enabling outside investors to benefit from IFC’s expertise in achieving
strong returns, as well as positive development impact, in the countries
in which it invests. AMC manages over $6 billion of capital across six
investment funds, including one fund of funds.
About the IFC African, Latin American and Caribbean Fund
The IFC ALAC Fund is a $1 billion investment fund that invests alongside
IFC in equity investments in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the
Caribbean. It provides long-term growth capital for private enterprises
in these regions.