The rise of YouTube, social media and other IP-based multi-media content delivery platforms globally and in Africa continues to drive the demand for broadband infrastructure. In order to meet the needs of multimedia content in the form of 3D and HD video, video conferencing, music and the social media explosion sweeping the African continent there has been a surge in the roll out of fibre optic networks.
This is according to Andile Ngcaba, founder and chairman of Convergence Partners, who spoke at a seminar arranged by Datanet Infrastructure Group in conjunction with the international Fibre Optic Association (FOA) and Triple Play Fibre Optic Solutions which provides FOA-approved fibre optic training.
Convergence Partners, a strategic partner of the Foundation for a Safe South Africa (FSSA) and its innovative Youthzone projects, visited the project site in Siyabuswa, Mpumalanga. FSSA endeavours to prevent crime in South Africa through substantive investment in the social fabric of our society by promoting tolerance and mutual respect. They do this by creating a sustainable cross-cultural network that enables communities to help one another in building safe and empowering societies.
On Friday, 13th May 2011, the Convergence staff met with members of the Siyabuswa community, in particular the soccer players and netballers as well as executives from FSSA to handover a donation of footballs and netballs equipment for the local teams.
Internet Solutions Mozambique (ISM), an investee company of Convergence Wireless Networks (CWN) and Internet Solutions was awarded the prestigious award of best ISP in the business sector in Mozambique. The awards were made following an independent study conducted by PMR.africa, a prominent South African consulting firm, which covered all the major industry sectors in Mozambique.
For this distinction, ISM will receive the coveted Diamond Arrow Award at an awards ceremony on 23 May 2011 in Maputo.
On 22 April 2011?Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of fixed satellite services, announced that Arianespace successfully launched the Intelsat New Dawn satellite. The Ariane 5 vehicle lifted off from Kourou, French Guiana, at 5:37 p.m. (EDT), followed by spacecraft separation from the launch vehicle at 6:12 p.m. and signal acquisition at 6:29 p.m.
The Intelsat New Dawn satellite is owned by a joint venture between a consortium led by Convergence Partners and Intelsat. The satellite’s 28 C-band and 24 Ku-band 36 MHz transponder units are designed specifically to supply critical communications infrastructure for African customers, who have experienced exceptional growth along with the development of the region.
FibreCo Telecommunications (“FibreCo”), a partnership between Cell C, Internet Solutions and Convergence Partners, is making excellent progress with its plans for the deployment of its open-access long-haul terrestrial fibre optic broadband network in South Africa.
The project is on track with the geotechnical and environmental studies for the first routes already completed and the tender process moving ahead swiftly. A wide range of other essential elements relating to permitting, engineering, environmental management and development of detailed customer solutions are also ongoing.
Less than two years after completing the undersea portion of the first system to connect Southern and Eastern Africa to the rest of the world via India and Europe, Convergence Partners’ investee company SEACOM continues to drive the growth of the African Internet by rolling-out an Internet Protocol, IP, Platform into its international core network.
The IP Platform project involves the design, deployment and operation of nine land-based Internet access points that will store popular web content closer to where the Internet is accessed, thereby enabling a richer and faster Internet browsing experience for end users. Six of these IP network nodes are already live including Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, Maputo, Marseille, Mombasa and Mtunzini.
Convergence investee FibreCo is pleased to announce that its new website is live! Please visit them on www.fibreco.co.za
Established in 2009 as a joint venture between Convergence Partners, Cell C, and Internet Solutions, FibreCo is deploying a state-of-the-art fully managed long-haul fibre optic terrestrial network across South Africa.
Convergence Partners is pleased to announce that the New Dawn Satellite has been rescheduled to Friday, April 22 at 17:37 p.m. (EDT) 23:37 p.m (SA time). The satellite, loaded on an Ariane 5 rocket, will be launched from the Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Dimension Data subsidiary Plessey has won a R20m contract to install and maintain 11 regeneration sites on Dark Fibre Africa’s fibre cable linking Empangeni on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast and Pretoria in Gauteng.
Plessey chief operating officer Howard Earley says the sites will house equipment that will pick up any data on the fibre and rebroadcast it using a booster to make sure that data degradation doesn’t occur.
In its monthly newsletter, the Student Sponsorship Program (SSP), one of the programs supported by Convergence Partners and its Foundation, profiled Convergence Partners.
Convergence not only provides financial support to this worthy cause, but the executives in the team are also mentoring students on the programme.