In late 2013, CDC invested $20 million into CPCIF, the only infrastructure fund that is dedicated solely to the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in Africa. Our $20 million commitment contributes a total of $145 million to the fund’s first close, supported mostly by DFIs. The fund reached its final close at $186.5 million with participation from Sango Capital (a private sector investor) and the Public Investment Corporation of South Africa. Our capital was used to develop communications infrastructure and related services and technologies across sub-Saharan Africa.
The African ICT sector has grown significantly over the past decade, coupled with higher rates of economic growth and the creation of direct and indirect jobs. Increased internet access has enabled the delivery of new products and services that would, in many cases, not otherwise be available on the continent, such as financial services, healthcare, and education.
However, the infrastructure to deliver ICT services remains under-developed. Our investment will help tackle the current infrastructure deficit, accelerating the development of the African digital economy, which in turn stimulates wider business activity in the private sector.
Current investments include e4, a software-as-a-service platform; Fibreco, a South African fibre network operator; VentureGarden, a Nigerian financial technology payments firm; Vuma, a high-speed, fibre-to-the-home network; and CSquared, a fibre and wifi network builder.
Environmental and social aspects
We worked closely with the fund manager to develop and implement an Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) for this first-time fund.
Since 2012, we’ve only invested in Africa and South Asia. Investments outside these regions are from our pre-2012 portfolio.
We have seven priority sectors. However, we continue to invest outside these sectors, largely in the most challenging regions, as new investment supporting any sector helps to underpin the private sector, and create jobs and livelihoods for people. For funds, the sectors listed here are those the fund has invested in so far.
- Communications and IT Services, Infrastructure
- Investment type
We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).
- Intermediated investment
- Fund manager:
- Convergence Partners Management
- Start date
For direct investments, this is the date CDC committed capital to the business or project.
For funds, this is the date that CDC committed capital to the fund.
For underlying fund investments, this is the date that the fund invested capital into the business.e
- December 2013
For direct investments, this is the total amount that CDC has committed to the business or project (it may be a combination of equity and debt).
For funds, this is the total amount that CDC has committed to the fund.
This is the investee company’s place of incorporation; or a fund’s jurisdiction.
Investments made by this fund
|Investment name||Country||Region||Sector||Start date||Status|
FibreCo Telecommunications Holdings (Pty) Ltd
FibreCo offers managed fibre to large telecommunications companies and ISPs. Its objective is to construct and manage an open access, redundant high capacity fibre optic ring, initially between Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, and will expanding to connect other large centres.
|South Africa||Africa, Southern Africa||Infrastructure||April 2014||Exited|
Skyband was incorporated in Malawi in 2004 and has quickly established itself as the leading broadband wireless ISP in the country.
|Malawi||Africa, East Africa||Communications and IT Services||June 2014||Active|
Communication Solutions (Pty) Ltd (COMSOL)
Comsol specialises in the building of customised terrestrial wireless access infrastructure for companies, government entitles and parastatals across all sectors across Africa.
|South Africa||Africa, Southern Africa||Communications and IT Services||July 2014||Active|
IS-Internet Solutions Moçambique Limitada (IS Mozambique)
Internet Solutions Mozambique is an enterprise and wholesale internet service provider based in Maputo. It uses a combination of wireless and fibre optic solutions to provide a range of enterprise grade solutions.
|Mozambique||Africa, East Africa||Communications and IT Services||September 2014||Active|
Synergy Communications (Syncom)
SynCom was established as the holding company for all of the Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund's investments within the enterprise ISP sector across Sub-Saharan Africa.
|Africa||Communications and IT Services||September 2014||Active|
Venture Garden Group (VGN)
Venture Garden Nigeria (VGN) is a Nigerian based technology company that automates payment systems and financial services value chains across multiple industries, through deployment of hardware, software and communications infrastructure.
|Nigeria||Africa, West Africa||Communications and IT Services||August 2015||Active|
e4 is the parent company of a South African-based group that has developed a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform to host a number of secure document and transaction portals, which in turn enable seamless contracting and transacting across a number of industry verticals in the financial services sector.
|South Africa||Africa, Southern Africa||Communications and IT Services||April 2016||Active|
Consolidated Capital Investment (Pty) Ltd
CCI is an investment vehicle holding minority stakes in Dark Fibre Africa and Vumatel Proprietary Limited. DFA is the largest open access metro and access fibre operator in South Africa. Vumatel is a leading Fibre-to-the-home operator, aiming to build a complete fibre infrastructure backbone in selected suburbs in major cities.
|South Africa||Africa, Southern Africa||Communications and IT Services||October 2016||Active|
|C Squared InvestCo||Mauritius||Africa, East Africa||Infrastructure||July 2017||Active|
Channel VAS is a fintech provider of mobile financial services, airtime credit and airtime advance services, handset loans and big data analytics.
|Nigeria||Africa, West Africa||Communications and IT Services||October 2018||Active|
Rack Centre is a a carrier neutral data centre operator in West Africa. Its clients include telecommunication carriers, internet service providers, and pan African international carriers.
|Nigeria||Africa, West Africa||Communications and IT Services||January 2020||Active|