Enforta Expansion

Location:

Russia

Project number:

39439

Business sector:

Information and Communication Technologies

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

C

Approval date:

10 Dec 2008

Status:

Complete

PSD disclosed:

20 Jun 2008

Project Description

The Project will allow OOO Prestige Internet (the Company), a wholly owned subsidiary of Enforta B.V., to finance the ongoing expansion of its wireless broadband services in regional centres throughout the Russian Federation.

Transition Impact

The proposed project will

  • enable the company to enhance its competitive position through the development and expansion of internet broadband, virtual private network and telephony services
  • facilitate the use of pre-WIMAX and WIMAX technology to provide rapid connections to customers who have had limited or no access to the internet
  • contribute to market expansion through introduction of new products based on wireless broadband solutions
  • further fuel deployment of broadband internet, which has lagged in Russia due to the antiquated local telecoms infrastructure
  • stimulate competition in Moscow and St Petersburg where the sector is dominated by fixed line incumbent operators thanks to good DSL infrastructure.

 

The Client

The Enforta Group, sponsored by the Sumitomo Corporation, private equity funds managed by Barings Vostok Capital Partners and private equity funds managed by Bessemer Venture Partners, is one of the largest wireless broadband Internet service provider in the Russian Federation.

EBRD Finance

Senior unsecured loan of USD15 million.

Project Cost

USD15 million.

Environmental Impact

Screened C (2008). The Project is unlikely to be associated with any significant environmental issues. The environmental due diligence is currently under way. The Company will be required to comply with national and EU environmental, health and safety standards and to submit annual reports on environment, health and safety issues.

Technical Cooperation

None.

Company Contact

Lee Sparkman, President
Mishina Street 56
Building 2, 6th floor.
127083 Moscow, Russian Federation

Website: www.enforta.com

Tel: +7 (495) 739-7559
Fax: +7 (495) 739-7559 x7777

 

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