Dimension Data’s E-learning Management System has increased from 52 schools in eight provinces in 2012 to over 71 schools in all nine provinces in 2013. The aim of the initiative is to give students access to premium technology applications to support the school curriculum for Grades 10, 11 and 12 and is designed to dramatically improve the quality and depth of secondary education output.
Dimension Data, a Convergence Partners’ investee, was awarded the responsibility of running a sophisticated data-capturing technology to improve ambulance response times in the Western Cape for the next four years. The project initiated by the Western Cape Government is scheduled to be operational by November of 2013.
Internet Solutions’ subsidiary, Always On, in partnership with Samsung Electronics, will provide all new and existing Samsung smart device users with 1GB of free Wi-Fi access per month for 12 months, at more than 1200 AlwaysOn hotspots around South Africa.
Specialised Microsoft and mobile application development company, 3fifteen played a central role in the development of a Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 application that allowed golfing fans to stay on top of the latest news and scores during the Dimension Data Pro-Am golf tournament. 3fifteen is a subsidiary of Convergence Partners’ investee company, Britehouse.
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.
Investment opportunities for fellow Brics nations in infrastructure development and industrialisation in South Africa were valued at over R33-billion, or $3.5-billion, National Empowerment Fund (NEF) CEO Philisiwe Mthethwa told delegates on the opening day of the fifth yearly Brics Summit. Referring to the telecommunication sector, she said “the IDC had transactions under consideration worth $5.7-billion, which included FibreCo, a joint venture between Cell C, Convergence Partners and Dimension Data, and which was rolling out a long-haul open-access fibre-optic network”.
Internet Solutions Mozambique (IS) has scooped the award for best internet service provider in Mozambique. Following a two month independent study by PMR.africa, IS Mozambique was highest rated in an overall rating in the Business Sector: Internet Service Providers in Mozambique, and will receive the Diamond Arrow Award at a ceremony in May. IS Mozambique was similarly rewarded in 2011.
Comsol Wireless Solutions (Comsol), a Convergence Partners investee company, is participating in a trial to demonstrate that broadband can be run in the white spaces in broadcasting frequency. The trial is taking place in Cape Town and partners include Tertiary Education and Research Network of SA (Tenet), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) Meraka unit, e-Schools Network, the Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA), Carlson Wireless, Neul and Google.
Integrat Mobile, a subsidiary of aggregation stalwart Integrat, has recently been created to focus on the business of Mobile Marketing. Integrat Mobile aims to make a mark on the industry through customised and environmentally friendly product offerings and stellar service. As such the company is embracing the greening of disadvantaged South African schools on behalf of corporates, agencies and other mobile operators in an ongoing bid to not only limit the impact paper-based communication has on the environment, but to actively contribute to a greener South Africa.
Seacom, a Convergence Partners investee company, has launched a new company called Pamoja, to offer small and medium-sized enterprises the ability to provide cloud computing-based services to their customers without the capital outlay such services usually require. Pamoja is the Swahili word for “together” and is Seacom’s effort to increase the use of such services in Africa