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    Summary sheet

    Release date
    16 December 2021
    Status
    Reference
    Approved | 22/02/2022
    20210065
    Project name
    Promoter - financial intermediary
    BANDWIDTH AND CLOUD SOLUTIONS
    BANDWIDTH AND CLOUD SERVICES GROUP HOLDINGS
    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)
    Total cost (Approximate amount)
    USD 10 million (EUR 9 million)
    USD 21 million (EUR 19 million)
    Location
    Sector(s)
    Description
    Objectives

    The project concerns the second phase of the construction of a fibre optic backbone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), focusing on underserved areas of the eastern part of the country. The fibre links included in the project will enable high speed broadband in nine towns and will be deployed along the railways (1 280 km long) and on poles along the road (139 km).

    The project will lead to the deployment of around 1 400 km of new fibre optics networks in underserved regions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, extending the access to mobile broadband and leading to an acceleration of the country's digital transformation.

    Environmental aspects
    Procurement

    If it were located within the EU, the project would not fall under Annex I or II of the EIA Directive 2014/52/EU amending the Directive 2011/92/EU. However, environmental assessments could be required for this kind of project according to DRC national law. In any case, the rollout of telecommunication networks have limited environmental and social negative effects, apart from short duration disturbances during network deployment, whenever civil works are required, which can be mitigated by appropriate measures. Full environmental and social details will be assessed during 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 Impact Assessment (ESIA) - BANDWIDTH AND CLOUD SOLUTIONS - Etude d'impact environnemental et social - Kasindi-Beni-Butembo-Kyondo
    Publication Date
    3 Dec 2021
    Document language
    Main Topic
    Lending
    Document Number
    151650315
    Document Focus
    Environmental Information
    Project Number
    20210065
    Sector(s)
    Publicly available
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    Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) - BANDWIDTH AND CLOUD SOLUTIONS- Etude d'impact environnemental et social - Katanga-Maniema
    Publication Date
    3 Dec 2021
    Document language
    Main Topic
    Lending
    Document Number
    151655012
    Document Focus
    Environmental Information
    Project Number
    20210065
    Sector(s)
    Publicly available
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    Environmental and Social Data Sheet (ESDS) - BANDWIDTH AND CLOUD SOLUTIONS
    Publication Date
    4 Mar 2022
    Document language
    Main Topic
    Lending
    Document Number
    143669665
    Document Focus
    Environmental Information
    Project Number
    20210065
    Sector(s)
    Publicly available
    Download now

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