British International Investment

INT Towers

West AfricaCommunications & IT services

INT Towers Limited owns and operates over 9,100 telecoms towers across seven regions in Nigeria.

It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the IHS Towers Group – the largest independent tower operator in Africa – which has a presence in Nigeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Rwanda and Zambia.

This investment was made when British International Investment was named CDC Group.

We have now exited this investment. This is what we achieved.

Achieved impact

In 2015 we lent $20 million to enable INT Towers to build, refurbish and operate telecom towers to improve access, quality and affordability of mobile network in Nigeria and reduce tower diesel consumption using solar, battery and grid-powered solutions.
More than 500 towers were built, including in rural areas. Diesel consumption per tower was reduced by more than 30 per cent due to the introduction of more efficient technology, including solar panels.

Expected impact

In 2015, CDC invested $20 million in INT Towers to support the company’s continued expansion of telecommunications services in Nigeria, as well as ongoing improvements.

Nigeria has one of the largest telecomms markets in Africa. However, it's estimated that the country needs more than 13,000 new towers over the next five years to meet increasing demand for telecomms and data services, as well as to expand services to rural areas.

Our investment will be used to build new towers and refurbish existing towers, the aim of which is to enhance the quality and coverage of the network throughout Nigeria.

This will help to support an increasingly digital economy, for example, driving the take-up of mobile banking services to help serve the unbanked, and bringing text and electronic-based healthcare services to rural regions.

It will also help to modernise companies - from large multinationals to small and medium-sized enterprises - and their supply chains.

Reporting and Complaints Mechanism

The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism allows anyone outside BII to report alleged breaches of the business integrity or environmental and social provisions of BII’s Policy on Responsible Investing. This includes breaches made by BII, a BII investee, or a portfolio company of a fund in which BII has invested. The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism Rules are available here. Reports and complaints can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail. See more details on our Reporting and Complaints Mechanism here.

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  • Key facts

    Last updated

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    :
    June 2024
    Project number

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    :
    D228
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    :
    Exited
    Region

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    :
    West Africa
    Country

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    :
    Nigeria
    Sector

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    :
    Communications & IT services

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    Investment type :
    Debt
    Start date :
    February 2015
    End date :
    September 2019
    Amount :
    $20m
    Currency of investment :
    USD
    Domicile

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    :
    Nigeria

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