Below is some of the latest media coverage about the Convergence Partners Group.

Internet Solutions expands MPLS footprint to remote parts of Mozambique

September 26th, 2012 | admin
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Internet Solutions (IS) Mozambique, rated one of the top ISPs in the country, has rolled out its first comprehensive point-of-presence (PoP) network in the 4 main remote locations in Mozambique. Located in the economically booming mining exploration regions of Tete, Niassa, Zambesia and Manica in the far northern part of the country, the additional MPLS PoPs further accelerate IS’ dynamic and vast penetration into the Mozambique business market.

SEACOM supports KINU with Internet Capacity to stimulate local ICT Growth and Development

September 25th, 2012 | admin
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Pan-African ICT enabler SEACOM has made a generous commitment to provide KINU, a Tanzanian non-profit ICT innovation hub with 30mb of free Internet capacity for a one year period. This will assist with improving the speed and quality of KINU’s Internet connectivity, which will in turn improve the efficiency of the start-up ICT enterprises they develop.

Plessey awarded fibre contract for Emalahleni and Middelburg

September 20th, 2012 | admin
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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.

SEACOM to be the first pan-African reseller of AMS-IX Amsterdam

September 18th, 2012 | admin
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SEACOM, a pan-African ICT enabler, plans to expand its European connectivity to Amsterdam and will be the latest partner to join the AMS-IX reselling program. Joining the program gives SEACOM the opportunity to make connectivity to the AMS-IX platform more easily available for African Internet companies. Peering and IP interconnection between African and European networks will be greatly enhanced moving forward.

FibreCo completes first 600 km of R5 billion broadband network

September 13th, 2012 | admin
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FibreCo Telecommunications, a joint venture between Cell C, Convergence Partners and Internet Solutions, has passed the halfway mark of the first link of its R5-billion national fibre-optic broadband network. The company said that the construction of 600 km of the targeted 1 000 km stretch from Johannesburg, through Bloemfontein, to East London has been completed.

SEACOM appoints Byron Clatterbuck as Chief Commercial Officer

September 12th, 2012 | admin
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SEACOM, the pan-African ICT enabler, today announced the appointment of Byron Clatterbuck as its Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) with immediate effect. An industry veteran with more than 15 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, Byron Clatterbuck has held a number of senior international executive positions during his career, most recently as President of Tata Communications’ Global Service Provider Segment, a company operating the largest private subsea cable system network in the world.

Dimension Data Community Development Trust activities highlighted on YouTube

September 11th, 2012 | admin
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Dimension Data recently released a YouTube video reflecting on the success of the groups that form part of the Dimension Data Community Development Trust. The video highlights the important activities that these groups are undertaking in supporting the empowerment of marginalised communities and individuals, totalling around 45 000. This programme forms part of the Dimension Data Broadbased Black Economic Empowerment transaction.

Convergence Partners renews its vows with Dimension Data

September 6th, 2012 | admin
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Convergence Parnters is pleased to announce its re-investment in Dimension Data Middle East & Africa (DDMEA) on the expiry of the original BEE transaction and is proud to have led this landmark empowerment initiative. Since 2004 Convergence Partners has been invested in DDMEA as lead partner to a wide-ranging black economic empowerment consortium, and as a strategic partner to Dimension Data itself. In December 2010, we acquired a further interest together with Dimension Data on the exit of Safika.

Dimension Data announces outcome of the 2004 BEE transaction

September 5th, 2012 | admin
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Dimension Data released details today of the R1.26 billion outcome of the Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) transaction it signed with the BEE Consortium in September 2004. The consortium is led by Andile Ngcaba. Ngcaba who is chairman of Dimension Data Middle East & Africa (DDMEA) said he will, through Convergence Partners, remain a shareholder, together with 35 broad-based groups that provide support and care to over 45,000 vulnerable individuals in the nine provinces of South Africa. He will also remain chairman of DDMEA.

Dimension Data celebrates CRF Best Employers 2012/13 certification

September 4th, 2012 | admin
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Dimension Data celebrates accreditation to a select group of companies, which have been certified as Best Employers South Africa 2012/13, following a gala awards dinner, held by the CRF Institute.
The Best Employers ranking is a unique HR policy and practice benchmarking project run annually by the CRF Institute. The Institute researches and identifies the best employers to work for in South Africa, based on objective, fact-based research.