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Phoenix Tower International Signs Agreement with Monaco Telecom to Own and Operate Tower Sites Across Malta and Cyprus

Phoenix Tower International Signs Agreement with Monaco Telecom to Own and Operate Tower Sites Across Malta and Cyprus

March 8, 2021

Phoenix Tower International (“Phoenix”) and Monaco Telecom today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to purchase over 815 wireless towers and acquire newly constructed wireless towers over 6 years across Malta and Cyprus through a build-to-suit program. This transaction positions Phoenix as the largest tower infrastructure provider in both markets, materially expands its growing footprint in Europe, and further solidifies the company’s leadership position. Closing is subject to customary conditions precedents for this type of transaction. Phoenix and Monaco Telecom have established a long-term partnership whereby Monaco Telecom will occupy the sites for at least twenty years.

 “With this latest transaction, PTI continues to expand its presence across Europe and will demonstrate the neutral host independent tower model in two new markets to facilitate increased coverage expansion for all of the wireless operators and ultimately increased connectivity for the population of Malta and Cyprus. As the economies of the world continue to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, Phoenix is proud to be working with the mobile network operators across the world to deploy more coverage solutions and is pleased to partner with Monaco Telecom on this transaction” stated Dagan Kasavana, Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Tower International.

Martin Péronnet, CEO of Monaco Telecom said, “This transaction allows us to create a strategic partnership in Cyprus and Malta with a leading international firm, which allows us to accelerate our investment plans on 5G and fiber where we are present.”

 

About Phoenix Tower International

Phoenix Tower International (“Phoenix”) owns, operates over 10,000 towers, 986 km of fiber and over 80,000 other wireless infrastructure and related sites throughout Europe, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Phoenix was founded in 2013 with a mission to be a premier site provider to wireless operators across the Americas in high-growth markets. Phoenix’s investors include funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and John Hancock, as well as various members of the management team. For more information, please visit www.phoenixintnl.com.

Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer, Georgiades & Pelides LLC and Ganado Advocates acted as legal advisors to PTI.

 About Monaco Telecom

 Monaco Telecom is the incumbent operator of the Principality of Monaco, delivering fixed, internet, TV, mobile services, as well as international data connectivity, housing and cloud services. In July 2019, Monaco Telecom was the first operator to launch 5G with a nationwide coverage; and in fixed broadband, it provides 1Gbs access to all households. Monaco Telecom owns Epic, leading alternative operator in Cyprus and the leading mobile operator in Malta. Monaco Telecom is owned by the Government of Monaco and by NJJ Holding, a European family of telecoms companies made up of leading operators in the markets of Monaco, Switzerland, Ireland, Cyprus and Malta. NJJ Holding is owned by French Entrepreneur Xavier Niel, who also controls Iliad/Free, a leading telecommunication player in France, Italy and Poland.

Paul Hastings acted as legal advisor and Bank of America served as financial advisor to Monaco Telecom.

EWIA Welcomes Phoenix Tower International as a New Member

February 2, 2021

via EWIA.org

BRUSSELS — The European Wireless Infrastructure Association (EWIA) welcomed its newest member, Phoenix Tower International, a global tower company with EU presence in France, Spain, and Ireland, which joined the trade association after EWIA’s last Annual General Meeting.

“In the context of Next Generation EU, independent wireless infrastructure operators  have a positive role to play as the Commission and the legislators are addressing important questions on 5G and the connectivity agenda in Europe.” says Tobías Martínez Gimeno, Chairman of EWIA. “In this context we welcome Phoenix Tower International as a new member so that our sector can speak with a stronger and even more representative voice in our ongoing engagement in Brussels.”.

“We are honoured and delighted to be part of EWIA and look forward to working with all members to promote increased connectivity and wireless infrastructure across Europe” declared Dagan Kasavana, CEO of Phoenix Tower International.

While EWIA is extending its membership, its footprint across European countries is also increasing with 10 towerco members operating across 14 European countries: Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Sweden.

About EWIA

The European Wireless Infrastructure Association is the European trade association of wholesale wireless infrastructure providers. Our members invest in and operate wireless infrastructure essential to the delivery of mobile voice, wireless broadband and other wireless networks.

EWIA advocates policies that encourage the network infrastructure investment and deployment necessary to make advanced wireless broadband available everywhere for consumers, businesses, health care, public safety and the countless other sectors that rely on always-on wireless connections.

For more about EWIA and their activities, please contact secretariat@ewia.eu or visit them at ewia.org, on Twitter, and on LinkedIn.

About Phoenix Tower International

PTI owns and operates over 12,500 towers, 986 kilometers of fibre, and other wireless infrastructure and related sites across 16 countries in the United StatesEurope and Latin America.  PTI was founded in 2013 with a mission to be a premier site provider to wireless operators across high-growth international markets.  PTI’s investors include funds managed by Blackstone, John Hancock, and various members of the management team and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.

PTI to partner with F2i to acquire TowerTel, providing ownership or leasing rights to over 2,400 wireless telecommunications sites across Italy, with potential leasing rights for over 4,000 sites.

December 24, 2020

For Immediate Release

Phoenix Tower International (“PTI”) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with EI Towers S.p.A (“EIT”) to acquire TowerTel S.p.A. (“TowerTel”), an EIT subsidiary, which owns or leases, operates and manages approximately 2,400 telecommunications towers, distributed antenna systems and telecommunications sites across Italy. In addition, TowerTel has exclusive telecommunications marketing and leasing rights to more than 1,600 broadcast sites owned by EI Towers S.p.A, bringing the total potential portfolio to more than 4,000 sites in the country.

As part of the agreement F2i SGR (“F2i”), one of EIT’s shareholders, has elected to retain a minority ownership stake in TowerTel.  Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Completion is subject to customary regulatory approval.

“PTI is excited to enter into Italy’s vibrant wireless market and serve its premier wireless operators. We look forward to expanding the revenue on this portfolio, developing new towers and investing in next generation solutions on behalf of our customers,” stated Dagan Kasavana, Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Tower International. He continued, “With small cell deployments, continued 4G and 5G buildouts, significant fixed wireless access and fiber roll-out across the country, we believe that Italy is a fantastic market for PTI.  This exciting transaction further expands our growing global footprint and allows us to continue to serve the wireless infrastructure needs of our clients.”

Commenting on the transaction, Renato Ravanelli, Chief Executive Officer of F2i, said; “This investment by PTI testifies to the growing interest by global players in high-quality Italian infrastructure. We are delighted to partner with a leading wireless infrastructure operator with the support of Blackstone, in a sector so important for the overall telecommunication market development.”

PTI’s financial advisor was Natixis and its legal advisor was Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.  EIT’s financial advisor was Nomura and its legal advisor was Chiomenti Studio Legale.

 

About Phoenix Tower International
PTI owns and operates over 12,500 towers, 986 kilometers of fibre, and other wireless infrastructure and related sites across 16 countries in the United StatesEurope and Latin America.  PTI was founded in 2013 with a mission to be a premier site provider to wireless operators across high-growth international markets.  PTI’s investors include funds managed by Blackstone, John Hancock, and various members of the management team and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.

F2i SGR is Italy’s largest independent infrastructure fund manager, with assets under management of approximately € 5 billion. The companies in F2i’s network make up Italy’s main infrastructure platform, spanning key sectors of the national economy such as transport and logistics, energy for transition, distribution networks, telecommunications networks and services, and infrastructure. Led by its CEO Renato Ravanelli, F2i, through its subsidiaries, has 19,000 employees in Italy, whose work allows millions of people to use services and infrastructure that are essential for daily life. F2i SGR’s key shareholders include financial institutions, including banking foundations, domestic and foreign social security and pension funds, domestic and international asset managers and sovereign wealth funds. The funds managed by F2i SGR are subscribed by leading Italian and foreign institutions.

EY Announces Dagan T. Kasavana of Phoenix Tower International as an Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 Florida Award Winner

October 8, 2020

via EY.com

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that Dagan T. Kasavana, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Phoenix Tower International was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Florida Award winner. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The award recognizes those entrepreneurial leaders who are excelling in overcoming adversity; financial performance; societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company; innovation; and talent management. Dagan T. Kasavana was selected by an independent judging panel. The award was announced through the program’s first-ever virtual awards gala, hosted by Deborah Norville, anchor of Inside Edition, on October 8, 2020.

Founded in 2013, Phoenix Tower International (“PTI”) is the fastest growing global wireless communications infrastructure provider in the world.  PTI owns and operates in excess of 9,000 towers, 986 km of fiber, and over 80,000 other wireless infrastructure and related sites throughout the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. PTI’s investors include funds managed by Blackstone and John Hancock.

PTI’s teams in more than 15 countries are devoted to helping their wireless infrastructure partners — customers, sellers, landlords, and communities — achieve their goals. Focused on the principles of unwavering hard work and integrity, team PTI demonstrates this mission every day through the fair and collaborative manner in which they deal with our business partners and the dedicated operation of the wireless infrastructure sites they own and operate.

“I am honored to be recognized by EY with this incredible distinction, which truly belongs to each one of our team members who work tirelessly to drive PTI to new levels of success!  Thanks to them, PTI is unstoppable!”

Since 1986, EY US has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and tenacity have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Dagan T. Kasavana will go on to become a lifetime member of the esteemed multi-industry community of award winners, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has honored the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs such as:

  • Joe DeSimone of Carbon, Inc.
  • Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
  • Chris and Robin Sorensen of Firehouse Subs Restaurant Group Inc.
  • James Park of Fitbit
  • Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc.
  • Wayne Huizenga of Huizenga Holdings Incorporated
  • Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC
  • Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
  • Ellen Latham of Orangetheory Fitness
  • Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corporation
  • Justin Wetherill of uBreakiFix
  • Jodi Berg of Vitamix

As a Florida award winner, Dagan T. Kasavana, is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 National Awards. Award winners, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced Thursday, November 19, during a virtual awards gala. The awards are the culminating event of this year’s virtual Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2021.

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Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation.

In Florida, sponsors also include Platinum sponsor, PNC and Silver sponsor, the Orlando Business Journal.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. Winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy

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As Advisors to the ambitious™, EY Private professionals possess the experience and passion to support private businesses and their owners in unlocking the full potential of their ambitions. EY Private teams offer distinct insights born from the long EY history of working with business owners and entrepreneurs. These teams support the full spectrum of private enterprises including private capital managers and investors and the portfolio businesses they fund, business owners, family businesses, family offices and entrepreneurs. Visit ey.com/private

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, strategy, transaction and consulting services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. Information about how EY collects and uses personal data and a description of the rights individuals have under data protection legislation are available via ey.com/privacy. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

IDB Invest Promotes the Shared Telecommunications Infrastructure Market in Ecuador with Phoenix Tower International

September 17, 2020

via IDBInvest.org

IDB Invest, a member of the IDB Group, provided a $80 million loan to Phoenix Tower International (PTI) to foster the independent market for telecommunications infrastructure in Ecuador and promote a more efficient development of this sector in the country. The transaction will help consolidate a business model based on the shared use of telecommunications towers in the Ecuadorian market.

PTI Ecuador’s shared digital infrastructure model will increase mobile broadband coverage and capacity to different mobile network operators in the country. This increase is especially relevant in the context of the crisis caused by COVID-19, as wireless broadband networks are experiencing a significant increase in digital data consumption and users require reliable systems due to social distancing measures (telecommuting, telemedicine, online classes, etc.).

The project is expected to improve the sector’s productivity, since mobile network operators will be able to develop their mobile networks more efficiently and economically, taking advantage of the project’s existing infrastructure. It will also contribute to reducing the connectivity gap in Ecuador, through the expansion of mobile broadband networks and the reduction of operator costs.

Ecuador has experienced a significant increase in broadband demand due to social distancing measures, indicating the need to close the digital divide so that people living in underserved areas can have access to services through broadband connectivity and people residing in underserved areas can cope with increased data consumption.

This agreement potentially contributes to four of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): End Poverty (SDG 1), Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (OSD 9), and Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17).

About IDB Invest

IDB Invest, a member of the IDB Group, is a multilateral development bank committed to promoting the economic development of its member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean through the private sector. IDB Invest finances sustainable companies and projects to achieve financial results and maximize economic, social and environmental development in the region. With a portfolio of $12.1 billion in asset management and 333 clients in 24 countries, IDB Invest provides innovative financial solutions and advisory services that meet the needs of its clients in a variety of industries.

About Phoenix Tower International

Phoenix Tower International (PTI) owns and operates in excess of 9,000 towers, 986 km of fiber and over 80,000 other wireless infrastructure and related sites throughout the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe. PTI was founded in 2013 with a mission to be a premier site provider to wireless operators in high-growth markets, and has been one of the world’s fastest growing telecommunications infrastructure companies since its inception. PTI’s investors include funds managed by Blackstone and John Hancock.

Blackstone-Backed Phoenix Tower International Signs Agreement with eir to Own and Operate Tower Sites Across Ireland

May 25, 2020

BOCA RATON, Florida & DUBLIN, Ireland –Phoenix Tower International (“Phoenix”) today announced the signing of an agreement with eir to purchase over 650 wireless towers and acquire newly constructed wireless towers over 8 years across Ireland through a build-to-suit programme. This transaction positions Phoenix as the largest tower infrastructure provider in Ireland, materially expands its growing footprint in Europe, and further solidifies the company’s leadership position in Europe, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Closing is subject to customary conditions precedents for this type of transaction. Phoenix and eir have established a long-term partnership whereby eir will occupy the sites for at least twenty years.

“We are excited to enter the Irish wireless infrastructure market and partner with eir on such an important transaction. The global pandemic related to COVID-19 has impacted all of our communities and highlights the importance of wireless infrastructure to support global trade, commerce and social connections. This will not diminish as economies rebound in the coming months and years ahead,” stated Dagan Kasavana, Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Tower International.

“Ireland represents an important economic hub for Europe and the world, and we are proud to support eir on their ongoing build-outs across the country. This transaction further expands PTI’s global footprint and we are excited to be a long-term partner of eir” said Tim Culver, Executive Chairman of Phoenix Tower International.

“We are excited to partner with eir to deliver improved wireless connectivity to its customers. This transaction exemplifies Phoenix’s strategy of entering into growth markets as a partner to top-tier wireless carriers” said Jasvinder Khaira, a Senior Managing Director in Blackstone Tactical Opportunities. “Phoenix is committed to growing in Europe and finding opportunities to support carriers and usher in the 5G technology revolution.”

About Phoenix Tower International

Phoenix Tower International (“Phoenix”) owns, operates and proforma for this transaction will have in excess of 9,000 towers, 986 km of fiber and over 80,000 other wireless infrastructure and related sites throughout the United States, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, and Peru.

Phoenix was founded in 2013 with a mission to be a premier site provider to wireless operators across the Americas in high-growth markets. Phoenix’s investors include funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and John Hancock, as well as various members of the management team. For more information, please visit www.phoenixintnl.com.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Arthur Cox acted as legal advisors to PTI.

About eir

eir is the largest provider of fixed line telecommunications services in Ireland, offering broadband, voice, TV, and data services to residential, small business, enterprise, and government segments.

eir is the third largest mobile operator in Ireland in terms of revenue and customers. The company operates the eir mobile and GoMo services.

eir’s wholesale division, open eir, is the largest wholesale telecommunications operator in Ireland, providing products and services to national and international wholesale customers across a range of regulated and unregulated markets.

The Group generated total revenue of €1.249 billion and adjusted EBITDA of €578 million for the year ended 30 June 2019.

Blackstone-Backed Phoenix Tower International Closes Agreement with Bouygues Telecom to Own and Operate up to 4,000 Sites Across France

March 20, 2020 BOCA RATON, Florida / PARIS, France – Blackstone portfolio company Phoenix Tower International (“Phoenix”) today announced the closing of an agreement with Bouygues Telecom to develop approximately 4,000 newly constructed wireless towers over 12 years across France outside the Very Dense Area. This transaction significantly expands Phoenix’s footprint in France, and solidifies the company’s leadership position in Europe, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Phoenix and Bouygues Telecom have established a long-term partnership in the form of a Phoenix-controlled joint venture which will own and operate the sites. Some of the sites will be deployed as part of Bouygues Telecom’s “New Deal Mobile” regulatory obligations of targeted mobile radio coverage improvements, accelerated mobile radio rollouts alongside transportation routes. With attractive size and coverage, the JV is very well positioned as an infrastructure operator of choice in the market. “We are quite enthusiastic to partner with Bouygues Telecom on such an important and exciting project.  We believe the French market is well positioned for significant wireless growth throughout the country as further 4G and 5G deployments are made over the coming years and we are proud of our participation in these deployments,” stated Dagan Kasavana, Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Tower International. “Phoenix’s landmark partnership with Bouygues Telecom is consistent with its position as the preferred partner for carriers worldwide,” said Jasvinder Khaira, a Senior Managing Director in Blackstone Tactical Opportunities. “Phoenix will continue to look for creative ways to support the coverage requirements of carriers and usher in the 5G technology revolution across Europe and the Americas.” Jean Paul Arzel, Head of Network Division, explained: “This agreement allows Bouygues Telecom to sustain its efforts in sites deployment in Less Dense Areas and also to meet the New Deal requirements. It will also contribute to considerably strengthen our Mobile network coverage in rural areas. Natixis and ING acted as financial advisors to Phoenix.

About Phoenix Tower International

Phoenix Tower International (“Phoenix”) owns and manages over 8,000 towers, 986 km of fiber and over 80,000 other wireless infrastructure and related sites throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, France, Jamaica, Argentina, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Phoenix was founded in 2013 with a mission to be a premier site provider to wireless operators across the Americas in high-growth markets. Phoenix’s investors include funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and John Hancock, as well as various members of the management team. For more information, please visit www.phoenixintnl.com.

Phoenix Tower International acquires 197 wireless communication tower sites located throughout the United States from Tower Ventures

March 5, 2020

Phoenix Tower International (“PTI”) announces that it has closed the transaction through the acquisition of a 100% ownership interest in Tower Ventures Holdings, LLC and related entities.  The transaction provides PTI ownership and control over high quality wireless telecommunications infrastructure assets strategically located along the Atlantic seaboard, South, and Midwestern regions of the United States.  The ownership of these 197 wireless communication towers further solidifies PTI’s position as the premiere private tower company in the Americas.  Terms of the transaction remain confidential between the parties.

“PTI is excited to invest further in the United States and continue to grow its tower portfolio in advance of significant 5G deployments and ongoing 4G densification across the country,” stated Dagan Kasavana, Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Tower International. He continued, “The Tower Ventures team has a great reputation and has constructed and operated high quality sites that we believe will see continued growth through lease-up and provide the wireless operators more best in class locations to achieve their network coverage needs alongside our existing towers and growing DAS and small cell business.  We are proud we have completed this transaction with Tower Ventures and look forward to working with them across the United States in the future.”

Commenting on the transaction, Tower Ventures President and CEO, William Orgel, said; “Dagan and the wonderful team he has built in the past seven years were an absolute pleasure to work with on this transaction. They are professional, intelligent and have immense knowledge of the tower industry. Tower Ventures looks forward to a continued relationship with PTI as we move forward in developing more towers and managing our remaining portfolio of owned and managed sites.”

About Phoenix Tower International

PTI owns and operates over 8,500 towers, 986 kilometers of fiber, and other wireless infrastructure and related sites across 14 countries in North, Central and South America and Europe.  PTI was founded in 2013 with a mission to be a premier site provider to wireless operators across high-growth international markets.  PTI’s investors include funds managed by Blackstone, John Hancock, and various members of the management team and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. For more information, please visit www.phoenixintnl.com.

About Tower Ventures

Tower Ventures is a Memphis, Tennessee based cell phone tower operator that owns and manages 360 towers in the United States. Tower Ventures and its subsidiaries have developed towers since 1987 and over that time have successfully built and sold tower portfolios valued at over $600 million dollars. Tower Ventures is owned by its management team with an investment from BBH Capital Partners, a private equity strategy of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

Contact Phoenix Tower International:

Ingrid Gutierrez
(561) 923-0536 
igutierrez@phoenixintnl.com

Phoenix Tower International enters agreements to acquire 1,408 towers in Ecuador and 1,046 towers in Colombia from Telefonica

December 23, 2019

Phoenix Tower International (“PTI”) announces that it has entered into a purchase and sale agreement and Master Lease Agreement with Telefonica Ecuador for 1,408 tower sites in Ecuador. In addition to the transaction in Ecuador, PTI has completed the purchase of 621 towers in Colombia from Telefonica Colombia for a total of 1,046 towers in 2019.

The latest transactions expand PTI’s footprint in Ecuador and reinforces PTI’s position as a leading tower company in Colombia and strengthened ties between PTI and Telefonica as they continue to grow their partnership across the region. Pro forma for these transactions, PTI will own and operate over 7,000 towers across Latin America.

“We are honored to expand our relationship with Telefonica in Ecuador and Colombia and look forward to working closely with them on their ongoing wireless build-out initiatives across the world. These transactions are exciting for PTI and will allows us to become the market leader in Ecuador, a USD based market with three healthy wireless operators with significant 4-G build-out needs in the coming years. The transaction in Colombia solidifies PTI’s strong market position with over 1,800 owned towers. Colombia has been a great market for PTI, and we see continued growth from all of the carriers in the coming years.” stated Dagan Kasavana, Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Tower International.

About Phoenix Tower International:

Phoenix Tower International (“PTI”), the largest private tower company in the Americas, owns and operates over 8,000 towers, 986 km of fiber and over 80,000 other wireless infrastructure and related sites in fourteen countries located across the Americas and Europe.

PTI was founded in 2013 with a mission to be a premier site provider to wireless operators across the world in high-growth markets. PTI’s investors include funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and John Hancock, as well as various members of the management team. For more information, please visit www.phoenixintnl.com.

Contact Phoenix Tower International:

Cat Drettmann
(561) 257-0557
cdrettmann@phoenixintnl.com
 

IDB Invest finances Phoenix Tower International to boost the independent telecommunications infrastructure market in Bolivia

March 21, 2019

  • Phoenix Tower International (PTI) is the first independent operator of telecommunications towers in Bolivia.
  • The company will be a neutral host infrastructure provider to all wireless telecom providers which will facilitate increased coverage and mobile broadband capacity across Bolivia.

IDB Invest provided a loan of $58.5 million to Phoenix Tower International (PTI) to boost the independent telecommunications infrastructure market and promote a more efficient development of this sector in the country. The project is an innovative business solution for the Bolivian market as it encourages the shared use of telecommunications towers.

The financing will allow PTI to acquire 600 existing towers and build new towers at the request of the main mobile operators in the country. The shared use promoted by the project will improve the productivity of the service, since the deployment of new networks will be more affordable and dynamic. It will also help to reduce Bolivia’s connectivity gap, through the expansion of mobile broadband and the reduction of operator costs by implementing fourth-generation (4G) cellular technology.

The operation consists of a $58.5 million loan with a 10-year term. Under the leadership of IDB Invest, an additional $13.5 million has been mobilized from the Inter-American Corporation for Infrastructure Financing (CIFI) for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mobile communication in Bolivia has a high growth potential to reduce the digital divide. The country’s mobile penetration is 87 percent, the third lowest in South America, while mobile broadband only reaches 65 percent penetration and the adoption rate of 4G is 24 percent according to data from 2017. Better connectivity directly and indirectly influences economic activity, facilitates the creation of employment, increases the productivity and has a positive impact on per capital growth.

About Phoenix Tower International:

Phoenix Tower International (“PTI”) owns and manages over 6,000 towers, 986 km of fiber and over 80,000 other wireless infrastructure and related sites throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, French West Indies, Jamaica, Argentina, Ecuador, and Bolivia.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, PTI was founded in 2013 with a mission to be a premier site provider to wireless operators across the Americas in high-growth markets. PTI’s investors include funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and John Hancock, as well as various members of the management team.

About IDB Invest

IDB Invest, the private sector institution of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, is a multilateral development bank committed to supporting Latin America and the Caribbean businesses.

It finances sustainable enterprises and projects to achieve financial results that maximize economic, social and environmental development for the region. With a current portfolio of $12.1 billion under management and 329 clients in 21 countries, IDB Invest works across sectors to provide innovative financial solutions and advisory services that meet the evolving demands of its clients.

Contact Phoenix Tower International:

  Cat Drettmann
(561) 257-0557
cdrettmann@phoenixintnl.com
   
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