São Paulo, Brazil, March 16, 2018 —
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has provided a BRL 150 million (equivalent
to $46 million) 8-year debt financing in Brazilian local currency to Phoenix
Tower Participações S.A., a wireless infrastructure operator, to support
the acceleration of its telecommunication towers footprint in the country.
IFC’s investment will support the continued improvement of coverage and
affordability of telecommunications and broadband services, contributing
to Brazil’s digital inclusion and economic growth.
This is IFC’s second investment in Phoenix, following a BRL 80 million
financing in 2016. Since then, Phoenix has experienced rapid growth
as a leading build-to-suit constructor and operator of towers and distributed
antenna systems (DAS) for better indoor broadband coverage in Brazil.
This new long-term debt financing will support Phoenix to continue expanding
site acquisition and construction under its tower assets program in Brazil.
This will help promote greater competition among tower operators, which
construct and lease tower space to wireless operators, enabling them to
share infrastructure as several operators can co-locate their antennas
on each tower. The construction of additional telecommunication towers
allows mobile operators to expand service both in terms of capacity and
geographic coverage. Further, the sharing of telecommunication towers among
operators will increase efficiency, driving down the incremental cost of
expanding coverage for all carriers, thereby making services more affordable
for wireless broadband users.
“Phoenix is proud of having IFC as a partner,” stated Mauricio Giusti,
Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Tower Participações S.A. “This
additional debt financing is relevant since Phoenix's strategy is to increasingly
expand the partnership with mobile operators in the challenge of deploying
infrastructure more efficiently.”
“IFC is pleased to partner with Phoenix once again, to help improve internet
penetration and the growth of digital economy in Brazil,” stated Aniko
Szigetvari, IFC Global Head of Telecom, Media and Technology Group. “Today,
digital connectivity inclusion is more important than ever to social and
economic development as mobile phones and internet have changed the way
goods and services are delivered and communications take place across all
segments of society. Brazil faces an important challenge in making quality
broadband connectivity accessible and affordable for all, especially in
underserved areas”, she added.
IFC has been investing in Brazil’s private sector since 1957 to address
the country’s most critical development challenges, including those of
the urbanization, social inclusion, competitiveness and productivity, and
management of natural resources. In the entire Latin America, by December
2017, IFC had committed over $3 billion to supporting the telecommunication
About Phoenix Tower Participações S.A.
Phoenix Brazil’s strategy and business plan are to own and operate strategic
wireless infrastructure, which are characterized by strong wireless growth,
strong underlying real estate rights, while leasing those towers to multi-national
and investment grade mobile network operators, which face significant capital
expenditure needs in order to enhance and grow their wireless networks.
Phoenix Brazil is majority owned by funds managed by Blackstone Tactical
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank
Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private
sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide,
using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities
in the toughest areas of the world. In FY17, we delivered a record $19.3
billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the
power of the private sector to help end poverty and boost shared prosperity.
For more information, visit www.ifc.org.