Convergence Partners investee and wireless specialist company Comsol has invested in legally acquiring national spectrum through ICASA, allowing it to deliver carrier grade licensed wireless solutions to the market. Comsol understands the legalities and processes involved in offering a service that is fully compliant, while still being agile enough to meet the market’s demands.
Internet Solutions has rolled out one of the largest next generation LMDS networks in Africa using Intracom Telecom’s innovative point-to-multi-point wireless system, supplied and installed by Communication Solutions (Comsol). The new platform will enhance Internet Solutions’ network coverage and offer high-quality, reliable broadband services to its corporate subscribers in South Africa. The solution design and supply was undertaken by Comsol, a company with a proven track record in a comprehensive range of services in wireless networking.
A consortium of South African investors led by Convergence Partners, and comprising Altirah Telecoms and the Convergence Partners Foundation, has recently disposed of its 25.1% interest in the New Dawn joint venture to Intelsat S.A, its joint venture partner and the majority shareholder of New Dawn.
Plessey, a subsidiary of Dimension Data, has been awarded a contract for equipping Emalahleni (formerly Witbank) and Middelburg with fibre optical infrastructure for broadband access by February 2013. The fibre optic infrastructure project for the towns is part of a R3,5-billion national network that is being constructed over the next several years to provide broadband access to under-serviced areas and will involve laying some 121km of optical fibre in a ring around each town and in a link that connects them.
Broadband connectivity is becoming cheaper in many countries and it has also easier for many businesses and individuals to access the Internet. One of the biggest players in the Internet connectivity industry is Internet Solutions (IS). IT News Africa recently took advantage of the opportunity to sit down with Managing Director Saki Missaikos to find out about IS’ strategy going forward, his vision for the future and the company’s further expansion into Africa.
Seacom will look to the cloud to expand its local offering and help keep African content on the continent.
The shape of a “New Internet” is beginning to emerge in Africa, and Seacom’s recent statement that it is set to launch cloud computing services for the continent is pivotal to the movement.
Mark Simpson, Chief Executive Officer at SEACOM said during his discussion with Natascha Jacobsz at ABN studios, “Broadband connectivity will spur growth in African economies over the next decade, but there is still plenty of work to be done in building the telecommunications infrastructure that will connect the continent to the global village”.
Dimension Data and Internet Solutions have introduced a comprehensive portfolio of cloud computing services across the South African region, offering companies a flexible and cost-efficient new way of procuring computing resources. The companies also announced the launch of its Managed Cloud Platform™ (MCP), a pre-integrated and fully-managed foundation for global cloud delivery, in Johannesburg.
Convergence Partners congratulates Brian Herlihy, founder and Executive Director at SEACOM, who has been named as one of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) 192 Young Global Leaders for 2012. The annual honour recognises up to 200 outstanding young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.
Dimension Data, the global specialist IT solutions and services provider, has been positioned by BMI-TechKnowledge as the largest provider of IT services to the South African market.
“In its latest IT services market sizing and forecast of 2010-2015 report published in December 2011, BMI-T recognised that Dimension Data was still the largest provider of IT services in South Africa in 2010, accounting for 15.4% of the total IT services market, up from 14.8% in 2009,” the company said on Tuesday.