Triple Play Participações S.A. (“Company” or “Cabo”) is a holding company that currently owns two leading independent triple play (cable TV, telephony and broadband) service providers in the northeast Brazil cities of Natal and Fortaleza: Cabo Serviços de Telecomunicações Ltda. and Videomar Rede Nordeste S.A., respectively. The IFC financing will support Cabo to fund the service expansion investment plans to accelerate the growth of its footprint (the “Project”).
1. Increase coverage: Promote broadband coverage penetration in frontier regions of the country (Northeast and North), thereby supporting regional economic development, expanding access to information, which in turn will transform the way private and public sectors operate and how services are delivered in the region.
2. Increase penetration of broadband services is expected to drive economic growth: Current fixed broadband penetration in the Northeastern region of Brazil is substantially below the rest of the country. Greater access to broadband is expected to contribute to economic growth by helping to bridge the supply gap, improving labor productivity and generating economic efficiencies.
3. Promote innovation: Broadband spurs innovation, promoting new business models across several sectors including education, health, e-commerce, e-Government, etc.
4. Enhance competition: Cabo - with a fully digital triple play offering - will promote convergence, reduce prices and improve service and availability of content. This will consequently help reduce the inter and intra-country digital divide by increasing competition and, particularly, promoting lower tariffs.
ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF IFC
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