Washington, D.C., January 14, 2014 –
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank
Group, and Seaborn Networks Holdings, LLC today announced that IFC is now
an investor in Seaborn Networks. Seaborn’s recent financing round, which
was led by Seaborn’s existing investor group, also included IFC. Funds
raised by Seaborn will be used for Seabras-1, which is Seaborn’s new Brazil-US
submarine cable project.
Seabras-1 is a new 40 Tbps submarine fiber optic cable system between São
Paulo and New York City, with an additional landing in Fortaleza, Brazil,
that is scheduled for completion in 2015. The new system is being built
for Seaborn by Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks and will be the first
direct route between São Paulo and the United States.
“Seaborn’s approach of selling spectrum and lit capacity on the wholesale
market helps to accelerate broadband development, an important tool for
economic growth, in Brazil and other South American countries,” said Aniko
Szigetvari, IFC Head of Telecom, Media and Technology for Africa and Latin
“We welcome IFC as an investor and value-added partner with regard to
Seabras-1 and future routes,” said Larry Schwartz, Seaborn’s CEO. “IFC’s
involvement with Seaborn will accelerate our plan to become a unique developer
of subsea routes.”
While Seabras-1 remains Seaborn’s priority, certain other routes are already
in the development stage.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private
enterprises in more than 100 countries, we use our capital, expertise,
and influence to help eliminate extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity.
In FY13, our investments climbed to an all-time high of nearly $25 billion,
leveraging the power of the private sector to create jobs and tackle the
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About Seaborn Networks
Seaborn Networks is a new developer and operator of submarine fiber optic
cable systems, including Seabras-1, which is the first direct fiber optic
cable between São Paulo, Brazil and the United States. Seabras-1 is a 40
Tbps system that will connect Sao Paulo and New York, with a branch that
lands in Fortaleza, Brazil. Seaborn was founded by successful submarine
cable and wholesale carrier executives with experience in designing, building
and operating many of the world’s largest submarine and terrestrial networks.
Prior submarine systems designed, built and operated by Seaborn’s management
team represent a total of 75 landing stations, 250 points of presence and
250,000 km of submarine cable (more than 6X the circumference of the earth).
For more information, please visit www.seabornnetworks.com.