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    Signature(s)

    Amount
    € 15,785,319.65
    Countries
    Sector(s)
    Regional - Africa : € 15,785,319.65
    Telecom : € 15,785,319.65
    Signature date(s)
    22/11/2018 : € 15,785,319.65

    Summary sheet

    Release date
    14 August 2018
    Status
    Reference
    Signed | 22/11/2018
    20180392
    Project name
    Promoter - financial intermediary
    EAST AND CENTRAL AFRICA OPTICAL FIBER ROLL-OUT
    BANDWIDTH AND CLOUD SERVICES GROUP HOLDINGS
    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)
    Total cost (Approximate amount)
    USD 18 million (EUR 16 million)
    USD 46 million (EUR 41 million)
    Location
    Sector(s)
    Description
    Objectives

    The project concerns the deployment of fibre optics networks in regions of Eastern Africa where, either these kinds of networks are not available, or they are expensive and unreliable. In both cases, the development of digital services enabled by broadband access is limited. In total, the networks deployed will have a total length of more than 4 850 km, including more than 3 850 km of terrestrial fibre cable and around 1 000 km of submarine cable in Lake Tanganyika and Lake Albert.

    The project will lead to the deployment of five different fibre optics networks in Kenya, Rwanda Uganda, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In total, the networks deployed will have a total length of around 4,850 km, including 3,850 km of terrestrial fibre cable and around 1,000 km of submarine cable in Lake Tanganyika and Lake Albert.

    Environmental aspects
    Procurement

    If located in the EU, the project would not require an Environmental Impact Assessment as per Directive 2014/52/EU amending the EIA Directive 2011/92/EU, however environmental assessments might be required according to national law, in particular for the submarine cable segment in Lake Tanganyika. In any case, there is no relevant negative residual environmental impact expected. Nevertheless, the environmental details including the CO2 footprint (if needed) and other possible impacts will be assessed during the appraisal.

    The Bank will require the promoter to ensure that implementation of the project will be done in accordance with the Bank's Guide to Procurement.

    Disclaimer

    Before financing approval by the Board of Directors, and before loan signature, projects are under appraisal and negotiation. The data provided on this page is therefore indicative and cannot be considered to represent official EIB policy (see also the Explanatory notes).

    Documents

    Environmental and Social Data Sheet (ESDS) - EAST AND CENTRAL AFRICA OPTICAL FIBER ROLL-OUT
    Publication Date
    6 Nov 2018
    Document language
    Main Topic
    Lending
    Document Number
    84172420
    Document Focus
    Environmental Information
    Project Number
    20180392
    Sector(s)
    Countries
    Publicly available
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