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
Convergence Partners investee, SEACOM, has selected Ciena Corporation for the upgrade of its submarine network across the Southern and Eastern African coastlines. This falls in line with SEACOM’s focus on driving the development of the African internet and opening the broadband tap for African consumers.
Miracle Rising: South Africa, a documentary of untold stories of the four years leading up to the first democratic elections, from 1990 to 1994, and which has been sponsored by Dimension Data, became the most watched show on the History channel during its broadcast on DStv.
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.
On 21 February 2013, a high profile gathering of Johannesburg’s innovators, entrepreneurs and thought leaders marked the official opening and launch of JoziHub. JoziHub, situated at the vibrant 44 Stanley, Milpark, Johannesburg precinct is poised to transform the city’s technology industry by connecting potential entrepreneurs and developers with the critical resources they need.