Actis acquires US$140m stake in fibre network Octotel

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SOUTH AFRICA – Emerging markets investment firm Actis has agreed to buy a controlling stake in Cape Town-based fibre broadband network operator Octotel.

According to a statement from Actis, the deal attaches a US$140 million enterprise value to Octotel.

Similarly, Actis will buy a non-controlling interest in internet service provider RSAWeb.

 Both transactions are subject to regulatory approval.

Octotel was founded in 2016 and its fibre network today passes about 175,000 homes and businesses.

“We have a growing portfolio of data centre investments and are delighted to now be making our first investment in the fibre sector”

David Cooke – Partner, Actis

Octotel and RSAWeb were both founded by internet entrepreneurs Rob Gilmour and Mark Slingsby and both will remain as shareholders and continue to lead the existing management teams.

Caxton and CTP Publishers and Printers and the Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Fund will fully exit their respective positions in the two entities, Actis added in the statement.

David Cooke, Actis partner based in Johannesburg, said: “Octotel and RSAWeb are the latest Actis investments into the high-growth ‘digital infrastructure’ sector. We have a growing portfolio of data centre investments and are delighted to now be making our first investment in the fibre sector”.

“Rob and Mark are industry pioneers in South Africa and together with their institutional backers have created highly successful businesses in Octotel and RSAWeb,” Cooke added.

Actis is a global emerging markets investment firm focused on the private equity, energy, infrastructure, and real estate asset classes.

It has a growing portfolio of investments across Asia, Africa and Latin America and US$12 billion in assets under management.

 Founded in 2004, it is working across 17 offices globally.

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