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AFC Publishes Second Edition of its Africa Infrastructure Review

The Africa Finance Corporation has released the second issue of its quarterly publication, the Africa Infrastructure Review. Africa Infrastructure Review offers AFC’s perspective on topical issues relating to infrastructure development, financing and investment in Africa. It presents practical and innovative solutions, based on AFC expertise, local knowledge and unique insight into the African infrastructure space.

In the second quarter of 2011, we focus on the telecoms and information technology sector in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in the area of terrestrial broadband penetration. The social, financial and developmental returns associated with the explosion in telecoms infrastructure and service penetration in Africa since 2000 are already widely accepted as evidence of the underlying, private-sector driven market potential on the continent. What is perhaps less publicized is the narrative surrounding the emerging broadband future of sub-Saharan Africa, and the key market factors, operators and private investors leading the drive for growth and profit in this arena. While it is expected that mobile voice services will for quite a while continue to be the major source of income for operators, there appears no doubt that data content transmission is one of few areas where the kind of growth witnessed over the last ten years can be replicated in the next ten. In this Review, we seek to chart a path for the next stage of the African telecoms story, from the mobile revolution through sub-sea cables and into terrestrial Africa.

We are optimistic about the potential for private investors to replicate the success of Africa’s mobile telecom revolution in the internet and broadband market segment. This will be essential to unlock the immense opportunities for productivity, value-addition and employment across the continent. AFC is actively engaged with various partners seeking to create this future environment. In addition to specialised financial advisory, debt and equity capital raising offerings, the Corporation offers technical and project development advisory services. AFC also co-invests with local and international partners in acquiring or developing assets across the African continent. We hope you find Africa Infrastructure Review useful, and we look forward to hearing from you on ways we may be able to assist you in 2011 – both in telecoms and the wider African infrastructure investment space