Tigo Paraguay’s has developed a coherent 5 years business plan that includes investing US$ 617 million from 2016 until 2020 mainly to support its offer of mobile access to broadband, fixed business lines and licenses and/or acquisitions. Out of the US$ 165 million (“Project Cost”) FY 2016 capex investment set in the 2016-2020 business plan, the IIC will support TIGO with up US$ 70,000,000 equiv. in local currency guaranies. The financing will have a tenure of up to 5 years including 2 years grace period of which Instituto de Prevision Social (IPS) will act as the Lender of record and IIC-IDB as Guarantor of IPS’s credit exposure. As Guarantor, the IDB Group (AAA) will cover 100% of IPS exposure to TIGO.
The use of funds of the project is to support (i) expansion of 3G network including the creation of fast mobile data network 4G-LTE in Asuncion, Ciudad del Este, San Lorenzo and surrounding areas, (ii) increase coverage for fixed internet and digital TV by connecting more homes to the network, and (iii) increase the network for Business-to-Business (B2B).
In terms of development impact and IIC’s Business Priority Areas, the Project is aligned for (a) social inclusion and inequality, productivity and innovation; (b) promotion of infrastructure for development; (iii) support innovation and technological development and (iv) enhance private provision of basic goods and services, income generating opportunities and social mobility for vulnerable populations.
In addition, the Project is in line with the Paraguayan government’s policy for Telecom implementation in the country, which is focused on accompanying the shift in telecom from voice to data, and on ensuring a universal and affordable availability of broadband. Furthermore, the investment proposal is aligned with the Global Connect Initiative of which the Paraguayan government is part of and whose main objective is to bring 1.5 billion persons to the online world by 2020 while at the same time reducing or closing the digital gap between those with Internet access and those without it.