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VIVACOM Holdings International Limited (“VIVACOM“) is a leading provider of mobile, broadband internet, fixed-line telephony and video services to residential and business customers and managed services to business and government customers. Headquartered in the Republic of Mauritius, VIVACOM offers an integrated suite of telecommunications solutions to its subscribers, including mobile voice and data services as well as mobile money services in currently 6 African countries, primarily in Africa. The company’s product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed home broadband, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. The Group aims to continue providing a simple and intuitive customer experience through streamlined customer journeys.
VIVACOM is responsible for the overall management of all African country operations. The company holds ownership and control of each of the local operating companies (“OpCos”). It is responsible for identifying and developing the opportunities in each individual country, preparing business plans, engaging with Regulators, in-country partners, customers (the licensed mobile network Operators) and subcontractors, raising funding for the network build, set up of the local operating company and appointment of key management and technical staff, centralised procurement/logistics management and on-going management of the business. The head office is responsible for managing the technology and maintaining latest design documentation and bill of materials. The head office also houses the GNOC (Global Network Operations Centre) and the Network Planning teams which support the VIVACOM OpCos across the African continent.
The VIVACOM operating companies are responsible for execution of the country business plan, managing the contracts with customers and suppliers, project management and the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the network. All of VIVACOM‘s revenue is generated in Africa and the vast majority of VIVACOM‘s employees are African. VIVACOM employs no expats and all positions, from Country Managers to maintenance engineers to admin staff, are held by local nationals.
VIVACOM has a strong management team and independent supervisory board of directors. VIVACOM is privately owned with 8 different shareholders, comprising the founders, angel investors, a VC fund, and 5 asset management firms as strategic investors. VIVACOM‘s employees collectively hold options representing nearly 20% ownership of the Company.
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VIVACOM is in the process of investing a further $850 million in 2G/3G/4G mobile network infrastructure assets over 3 years as a mix of debt and equity, all secured under long-term investments in new licences and MVNO contracts with tier-1 Operators such as Vodafone, Airtel and MTN. Opportunities exist for new equity investors (in VIVACOM Holdings International Ltd) and also debt funding from local senior banks (for the VIVACOM OpCos).
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