SEACOM has announced that it has activated the second of its two terrestrial routes across Egypt on 8 November 2012. The activation of the new route follows the activation of the primary route through Egypt on 22 January 2012.
Convergence Partners’ Chairman, Andile Ngacba, was the keynote speaker at the inaugural FTTH Council Africa broadband conference held in Cape Town on 12 and 13 November 2012. Andile outlined the four key pillars to broadband growth viz; regulatory and policy issues; technology (especially photonics); new business models; and skills development.
Britehouse Holdings, a Convergence Partners’ investee company, has formally announced its acquisition of a 60% stake in Firestring. Britehouse is a market leader in delivering SAP and Microsoft services, as well as solutions designed specifically for the new world of work, which is mobile, social and increasingly semantic.
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.
Skillpod Media launched its new Gamify B2B Platform to build on its expertise, experience and skills. Gamify, the use of game mechanics and rewards for non-game applications in order to increase user/visitor loyalty and engagement is on the increase in online publishing. The www.gamifyconsultant.com website provides details on the platform, experience and skills that Skillpod Media has to offer to publishers in taking advantage of gamification for their sites.
Dimension Data announced it was positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service. Brett Dawson, Dimension Data CEO said, “We are extremely honoured to be positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). The leading trend shaping the global IT services landscape is the emergence of cloud computing.
Convergence Partners Chairman, Andile Ngcaba, has been shortlisted for 2012 AfricaCom Personality of the Year Award for his significant impact on the Africa’s telecoms, media and ICT industry. He was selected amongst a record number of submissions for the Award.
Dimension Data, a Convergence Partners’ investee, has been recognised as the leading provider of IT services to the South African market by IT market research and advisory firm IDC. In IDC’s South African IT Services Market 2012-2016 Forecast and Vendor Shares report released in September 2012, Dimension Data is positioned as the leading IT services provider in South Africa in 2011, with an estimated 14.4% market share.
Bloodhound Technology, a Convergence Partners’ investee company, is one of the 12 finalists nominated for the 2012 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship. Bloodhound was one of the finalists chosen from more than 1200 companies from across the African continent. The top 12 represent a range of industries including manufacturing, information technology, education, agribusiness and financial services.
Convergence Partners’ investee company, Internet Solutions, is still keen on deploying an LTE network on the assumption that the spectrum allocation process is equitable and makes commercial sense. This is according to Raj Wanniappa, executive of carrier services at Internet Solutions.