Actis To Acquire Swiftnet from Telkom South Africa for US$355 Million

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Actis in partnership with Royal Bafokeng Holdings, has secured the acquisition of Swiftnet, a premier telecom tower portfolio in South Africa, from Telkom.

The transaction, valued at ZAR6.75 billion (approximately US$355 million), marks a significant move in the digital infrastructure sector.

Key Highlights:

  • Strategic Expansion: Actis aims to solidify its position in the telecom infrastructure market by acquiring over 4,000 sites across South Africa through the Swiftnet deal.
  • Vision for Growth: Actis plans to establish Swiftnet as a leading independent Towerco, enhancing collaboration with mobile operators in South Africa.
  • Operational Expertise: Leveraging its experience in digital infrastructure and operational capabilities, Actis intends to drive economic growth and improve connectivity in both urban and rural areas.
  • Investment Portfolio: The Swiftnet acquisition adds to Actis’ digital infrastructure investments in South Africa, complementing its existing portfolio that includes companies like Octotel.
  • Global Expansion: This transaction represents Actis’ second investment in telecom towers this year, following a recent acquisition in the Western Balkans, showcasing its commitment to the sector.

David Cooke, Partner at Actis said that the acquisition of Swiftnet is Actis’ latest exciting investment in the digital infrastructure sector in South Africa.

“Our strategy is to position Swiftnet as the leading independent towerco in this market. Providing the infrastructure to deliver universal telecommunications access across the country, including the roll-out of 5G connectivity, presents great growth prospects.”

With Actis’ extensive regional knowledge and global network, the future looks promising for Swiftnet under its new ownership.

The completion of the transaction is pending regulatory approvals and closing conditions, signaling a new chapter in South Africa’s telecom infrastructure landscape.

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