Cabo Telecom II (IFC-37968)

  • Brazil
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Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Jan 3, 2018
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Cabo Servicos de Telecomunicacoes Ltda
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Communications
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 30.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Feb 12, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Apr 20, 2017

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Project Description
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed description.

The proposed project involves the expansion of Cabo Brasil (“Cabo” or the “company”), a “triple play” operator of a broadband network in the Northeast region of Brazil that provides cable television, telephony, and internet services. Cabo is a holding company that was formed around the acquisition of two companies in the northeast region of Brazil, Cabo Serviços de Telecomunicações Ltda., based in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, and Videomar Rede Nordeste S.A., based in Fortaleza, Ceará. Cabo’s network includes approximately 267 kilometers of fiber and about 11,400 telephone poles that it owns. Cabo plans to expand its operation in the home cities of Fortaleza and Natal, as well as in the State of Sao Paulo in Brazil.

IFC’s proposed investment is for a loan of about $30 million for network expansion to increase Cabo’s number of subscribers from 154,000 in December 2015 to 250,000 in 2019, with 577,000 homes connected. This involves installing about 2,700 kilometers of above-ground fiber with 60,000 new telephone poles for which easements (rather than land acquisition) will be arranged. New data processing capacity and customer service by telephone will be provided in leased spaces in existing buildings. A new headquarters occupying 500 square meters of leased space in an existing building will be located in Poços de Caldas, and will include a warehouse for equipment such as set top boxes, supplying 13 new small Cabo stores in leased spaces in various cities, to provide space for sales and customer service.

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