LOS ANGELES, May 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- SiFi Networks (SiFi), the leading North American developer of open access fiber optic networks, has successfully secured significant capital which will allow the company to meet the pent up demand for high speed connectivity across the USA. An initial investment of up to $50 million will enable SiFi to expand into more cities simultaneously through the recruitment and training of additional industry specialists and accelerate SiFi Networks' FiberCity™ deployments. A further support of up to $400 million will provide the project funding for the building of new fiber networks enabling future-proof connectivity and new digital services throughout several cities in the US. The capital has been provided by the Smart City Infrastructure Fund, a global investment fund cornerstoned by APG, the largest pension delivery organization in the Netherlands, and managed by Whitehelm Capital.
"We are excited to have successfully secured this funding which will enable SiFi to capitalize on its position as one of the USA's leading providers of privately funded open access, city-wide fiber networks delivering high speed broadband to homes and businesses. This injection of capital will kick start the expansion of our business to meet the expected exponential growth in demand for high speed connectivity and enable city rights of way to be efficiently converted to project readiness," stated Mike Harris, founder of SiFi Networks.
SiFi funds, builds and owns FiberCity™ networks for use by ISPs (Internet Service Providers), 4G/5G carriers and other service providers wishing to deliver ubiquitous high-speed broadband services to business and residential properties as well as connectivity for city-wide IoT (Internet of Things) applications. The networks offer the capacity to meet both current and future demand across whole cities without demographic segmentation. SiFi is already installing a FiberCity™ network in Fullerton, California serving over 50,000 homes and businesses, is shortly commencing several other deployments in similar sized cities across the USA and will be working in over 20 cities within the next 12 months.
According to Matteo Andreoletti, Whitehelm Capital's Head of Infrastructure Equity – Europe and North America: "The whole Whitehelm Capital team is delighted to have finalized this deal with SiFi Networks which will cement our partnership moving forwards. SiFi's unique business model looks set to transform much of the telecoms market in the USA. By combining SiFi's know-how with the long-term investment horizon of the Smart City Infrastructure Fund, we can unlock the societal benefits of modern digital infrastructure, leading to better services to citizens, improved quality of life and sustainable economic growth."
FiberCity™ networks will revolutionize the way that connectivity services are delivered by eliminating the need for unsightly and unreliable over ground cabling. SiFi's 'dig-once' methodologies provide future-proofed infrastructures offering over 99.999% availability. They allow new smart city initiatives in key government services, such as telemedicine, facial recognition, traffic control, autonomous vehicles, street lighting and emergency services, to be quickly and easily connected.
Mike Harris, SiFi Networks, Tel: +44 (0) 7710 673170, Email: [email protected]
SOURCE SiFi Networks