IFC is a leader in the Telecoms, Media, and Technology (TMT) sector in emerging markets. Since 2010, IFC has committed and mobilized over $6 billion for TMT projects.
We support mobile network operators, particularly those in challenging and less-developed markets where the digital divide is particularly pronounced. We also finance digital infrastructure with a focus on shared infrastructure models like carrier-neutral, open-access broadband networks, independent tower operators and data centers. These shared infrastructure models are examples of the most cost-effective, competition-enabling and environmentally-conscious solutions to the challenge of providing high-quality, affordable connectivity, a foundation of the digital economy.
IFC’s financing instruments in TMT include such products as debt, equity, mezzanine financing and fund mobilization. IFC clients also benefit from IFC’s substantial industry expertise.
Learn more about IFC’s priorities in Telecoms, Media and Technology:
Access to reliable power sources remains a challenge for telecom operators in many emerging markets. Non-existent or poor grid infrastructure at many telecom tower locations has resulted in a high dependence on diesel power, which increases both energy costs and the carbon footprint of the telecom industry. Investing in Sustainable Access to Communications, a new report from IFC, explores the emerging class of energy companies which provide tailored solutions for the telecom sector. These telecom energy service companies (TESCOs) apply their expertise as experienced energy providers to the challenges faced by digital operators. TESCOs use their familiarity with the most recent energy innovations to replace traditional and costly diesels with renewables and hybrid energy supply models. In this way, TESCOs can help bridge the digital divide and boost the livelihoods of the most underserved populations.