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Press Release from 2024-02-02 / KfW IPEX-Bank

KfW IPEX-Bank contributes to refinancing of French fibre joint venture IFT

Fibre optic network cables in bright colours

As part of a lending group, KfW IPEX-Bank contributes to the EUR 3.15 billion refinancing for Investissement dans la Fibre des Territoires ("IFT"), a French fibre joint venture between InfraVia and Iliad. KfW IPEX-Bank acts as Mandated Lead Arranger, Joint Underwriter and Joint Active Bookrunner.

The proceeds will be used to refinance all existing debt incurred by IFT since its launch in 2019 whilst co-financing the Capex investment required for the company's ongoing purchase of access-right assets relating to the rollout of Fiber-To-The-Home ("FTTH") infrastructure in France.

IFT was born from a strategic partnership between the Iliad Group, parent company of the telecommunications operator Free, and the French infrastructure fund InfraVia. It is present all over mainland France (except Paris and Hauts-de-Seine) and offers national and local operators direct access to FTTH networks from street cabinets.

With this financing, KfW IPEX-Bank contributes to expanding high-speed FTTH infrastructure in Europe.

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