InFrontier Afghanistan Fund invests in Alef Technology

1 September 2017

InFrontier is delighted to announce a $3 million investment in Alef Technology, Afghanistan’s leading broadcast technical services and critical power company.

Alef Technology provides satellite communication and power solutions to corporate customers. Currently with 24 employees based in Kabul and with a presence in Dubai, Alef Technology provides technology infrastructure including high performance satellite connectivity through an exclusive partnership with YahLive, microwave towers and an interactive voice response hardware platform.

Alef Technology was established over 10 years ago by the founders and majority shareholders of the highly successful Moby Group, one of the region’s leading media groups.

InFrontier’s investment enables Alef Technology to grow its range of broadcast services, including managed Playout, to both the Afghan and international markets, providing a substantial cost saving to clients who will benefit from the experience of Alef Technology’s team in Kabul and providing a major growth opportunity for the company.

“This investment underscores InFrontier’s strategy of backing the best teams and the fastest growing companies in Afghanistan.” Felix von Schubert, Director InFrontier Ltd.

Whilst InFrontier has been active in Afghanistan since 2013 and has made a number of successful standalone investments, this transaction represents the first ever investment by a private equity fund in Afghanistan.

About Alef Technology

Established in 2003, Alef Technology is Afghanistan’s leading broadcast technical services and critical power company, providing turnkey end-to-end communication and power solutions to corporate customers. Alef employs best of class technology infrastructure including high performance satellite uplink and downlink through a long-term partnership with Abu Dhabi-based satellite services provider YahLive, microwave towers and an interactive voice response hardware platform. Alef’s clients include Afghanistan’s broadcast media companies, Telecom companies, government entities, banks and educational institutions.

About InFrontier Ltd

InFrontier is a London-based FCA authorised and regulated private equity firm focused on frontier markets. InFrontier is the first international private equity group to have a full time team and active investments in Afghanistan. InFrontier’s aim is to generate commercial returns to investors whilst supporting socio-economic development in the world’s most challenging markets.