Telecommunications and media

Global sector specialisation

In Africa, the sector presents multifaceted opportunities across telecommunication and tower infrastructure sharing, media and technology.

Standard Bank has a long history in the sector and concluded the first major telecommunications transaction in Nigeria in 1998. We work with major multinational operators as they expand across Africa and beyond, as well as smaller players that are developing a vibrant industry on the continent.

Telecommunications

We are seeing a shift in focus from managing infrastructure and subscriber-dependent growth to reducing costs and increasing revenue through providing additional services. Consolidation in the industry is likely to take place and we can expect cooperation agreements on the sharing of tower networks to reduce operating and capital expenditure costs.

In addition, we have experience in supporting the financial needs of clients in the terrestrial and sub-sea cable sub-sector.

Tower infrastructure sharing

Standard Bank has been active in raising capital for the tower industry in Africa since 2010 and has led a number of recent transactions. We are a respected adviser, on both the buying and selling side, and have an active mandate across key countries on the continent. We are the best partner to take clients to the debt markets to support the growth of tower infrastructure sharing across Africa.

Media

The rise of the African consumer is driving growth in the media sector. While it is a relatively fragmented industry at present, we are seeing the emergence of strong country players and regional champions. We actively service media companies in the more mature South African market and in the rest of Africa across all facets of media.

Technology

A number of countries in Africa are increasing their investment in technology. We are also seeing greater convergence between telecommunications and technology where partnerships develop to service the growing cloud computing needs of enterprise customers across the continent.

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  • We have been involved in ground-breaking transactions - Our presence has been felt across Africa and in other emerging markets, and has received numerous awards for deals in the telecommunications sector. Although our primary focus is in Africa, we still maintain connectivity across all geographies, ensuring that we support our multinational clients operating in a sector that is global by nature.
  • We understand the landscape - We know the players well and have established relationships with regulators and governments, with local expertise to ensure delivery across every touch point.
  • We collaborate with multiple parties - In arranging finance, we work with local, regional and international commercial banks, with export credit agencies and with multilateral and development finance organisations as appropriate.
  • We offer a comprehensive service - We provide a complete service to many clients, from playing an advisory role to taking clients to capital markets, from acquiring funding (from vanilla to more structured solutions) and derivatives to fulfilling transactional banking needs (such as cash management) and employee banking.
  • We have expertise in mergers and acquisitions - We can identify merger and acquisition opportunities across Africa. Our corporate finance team provides seamless execution, sometimes coupled with acquisition financing plus any required hedging solutions.
  • We have deep and global sector specialisation - We are active and involved partners from start to finish – a steadfast approach that has earned us ongoing business from leading operators across Africa and beyond.
  • We have cross-border and sub-sector expertise - We are coordinated across geography and product. Our accessible presence gives clients a local perspective which is vital for companies that need to navigate different local and regional regulations, operating conditions and partnerships.
  • We are leaders in raising capital - We have the edge for raising capital. As Africa’s largest financial services group, we have strong cross-sector relationships and contact with a broad investor base, making us a leader in bringing capital into the industry.
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