Funding the digital highway’s new phase


Denis de Paillerets and Benoît Tanguy, Global Co-Heads of TMT share their view on how to fund tomorrow’s digital highway in The Banker magazine - article published on February 17, 2023

Rocketing demand for data and further expansion of digital infrastructure will require creative financing solutions in a more challenging environment.

Demand for data is booming, but it can only flow if the digital age’s infrastructure is in place. Whether for e-commerce, messaging, on-demand video, the Metaverse or telemedicine, surging digital growth depends on a rapid build-out of towers, fibre optic cables and data centres. Much of this network across the globe has already been built, but there remains a long way to go.

At the beginning of our careers in the mid-1990s, we helped to finance the early foundations of this infrastructure, working on the creation of Europe’s first cable and mobile operators – 2G as it was at the time. Little did we know that this was the beginning of the digital megatrend it has become.