European telecoms investment fund Arcus Infrastructure Partners has acquired a majority equity interest in Dutch FTTH company E-Fiber Exploitatie B.V. According to E-Fiber, the investment will enable it to “significantly expand” FTTH network footprint in the Netherlands. The size of the investment was not disclosed.
As part of the transaction, significant new capital will be invested into E-Fiber to fund near-term projects, including ongoing initiatives in various municipalities. The transaction also included the acquisition of shares and repayment of debt previously held in the company by NIBC Bank.
E-Fiber is a business that develops, constructs and commercialises FTTH networks in the Netherlands. The company currently owns fibre optic networks in operation that connect to over 100,000 households, and is planning additional roll-outs over the coming years. E-Fiber’s public credo is that every household in the Netherlands should have fibre-based broadband access.
“Whether you live in a town, small city or rural area, E-Fiber can invest to build high-quality, fibre-to-the-home infrastructure to suit your future needs, relying on constant innovation, proven expertise and hard work,” stated E-Fiber CEO Eric Vos at a recent community meeting. “Our over-arching aim is simple: fast and reliable broadband for everyone.”
“We are very pleased to announce our investment in E-Fiber and look forward to supporting the management team in building the business,” commented Jack Colbourne and Jordan Cott who led the investment on behalf of Arcus. “We are convinced that E-Fiber will grow to become a large-scale fibre optic network infrastructure platform, providing next-generation, ultra-fast broadband to many communities in the Netherlands.”
Arcus invests on behalf of institutional investors through discretionary funds and special co-investment vehicles and, through its subsidiaries, currently manages investments with an aggregate enterprise value in excess of €17 billion (as of 31 March 2018). The Arcus track record for telecommunications infrastructure investments includes: Shere Group, a mobile towers business with operations in the UK and the Netherlands, which was realised in October 2016 after more than doubling its portfolio size since the initial Arcus investment; TDF, the largest French telecommunications infrastructure owner and operator, acquired in 2015; and most recently, Swiss4net, a Swiss FTTH network developer and operator.