CDC commits an additional US$40mn to Liquid Telecom

irfan simsar xU6O6qeUo9c unsplashCDC Group, UK development finance institution and impact investor, has announced an additional US$40mn equity investment in Liquid Telecom, Africa’s independent fibre, data centre and cloud technology provider

This marks CDC’s second investment in the company, following a US$180mn equity investment in 2018.

CDC’s additional investment is made as part of Liquid Telecom’s wider fundraise where the company attracted US$307mn through a rights issue to shareholders. This investment will support Liquid Telecom’s plan to further expand its pan-African data centre operation business, Africa Data Centres, and consolidate its position as the leading data centre operator on the continent.

Africa Data Centres is well-positioned to meet the growing demand for data storage and cloud-based applications across the continent. Currently, it is estimated that less than 20% of the potential demand for telecommunications companies is being served in Africa, with London having three times more cloud computing power available than the entire continent.

The development of data centres by Liquid Telecom will boost economic activity by reducing IT-related costs for companies. Increased local capacity will also stimulate innovation by offering affordable data storage and Software-as-a-Service (Saas) applications to small and medium-sized enterprises. In addition, cloud-based services will also help accelerate the growth of Africa’s technology-based start-up ecosystems, while also supporting the needs of established businesses across the continent.

This investment will contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) respectively.

Nick O’Donohoe, CDC’s CEO, said, “We remain committed to improving digital infrastructure in Africa and helping the continent’s governments, businesses and people gain access to quality online services. Our aggregate investment to Liquid Telecom now stands at US$22mn. This will play an important role in addressing the increasing demand for digital services and help close the digital divide between Africa and other regions. Investing in Africa’s digital infrastructure is vital for building resilience within African economies and accelerating their growth.”

Nic Rudnick, Group CEO of Liquid Telecom, added, “CDC’s additional equity investment into Liquid Telecom represents another crucial step in connecting businesses in Africa, with Liquid Telecom at the forefront of the continent’s eruption in technology adoption. Africa has significant untapped economic potential that is being unlocked by improving connectivity, data storage and the use of cloud-based applications. This investment will bring significant economic benefits to developing markets across the continent.”

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