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, 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 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 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 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 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.
Britehouse, a Convergence Partners investee, has completed its acquisition of Firestring, which it bought for an undisclosed amount. Britehouse CEO Scott Gibson says the company was attracted to Firestring because it provides an entry into the “social operating system” from an enterprise perspective. He explains the system ties into its Microsoft, SAP and mobile offerings.
Aurecon and software development house, 3fifteen, have begun the process of going live with the Disaster and Emergency Management Portal, an emergency management solution that will aid rapid and co-ordinated responses from government agencies in the instance of an emergency.
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.