Convergence Partners investee, Internet Solutions, has announced that it has extended its partnership with EMC Corporation by joining the EMC Velocity Service Provider Program as a Gold Partner. IS will deliver a cost-effective, dual-site data replication solution called Cloud Rack that leverages the strong network and data centre capabilities of IS, and is powered by EMC’s storage solutions.
Internet Solutions (IS) has boosted its capabilities and reach into West Africa by connecting Namibia (through its local implementation partner, ITN) and Nigeria to the West Africa Cable System (WACS). The company also plans to light up capacity in Ghana and Angola in the near future.
Dimension Data’s Internet Solutions has launched a new range of products under the “IS Ignite” brand aimed at small and medium-sized businesses. The move is a response to growing demand for self-service products and allows entrepreneurs to manage their own needs, it says. “By nature, entrepreneurs are extremely hands-on and like to be autonomous,” says Internet Solutions MD Saki Missaikos.
Mark Tinka, Head of Engineering at Seacom, a Convergence Partners investee, says that telecommunications regulators and African governments need to clear away the red tape and regulatory risks around putting fibre in the ground to encourage network operators to invest in sinking fibre into the ground for terrestrial long-distance and last mile connectivity.
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.
Plessey, an African provider of telecommunications infrastructure solutions, has completed the building of installation sites for the “Northern Ring” of state-owned Broadband Infraco’s new national network. Broadband Infraco was founded with the purpose of improving market efficiency in the long distance connectivity segment by increasing the availability of long distance network infrastructure and capacity, stimulating private sector development and innovation in telecommunications services and content offerings, and providing long distance national and international connectivity to previously underserviced areas.
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.
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.
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.
Mark Simpson, Chief Executive Officer at SEACOM said during his discussion with Natascha Jacobsz at ABN studios, “Broadband connectivity will spur growth in African economies over the next decade, but there is still plenty of work to be done in building the telecommunications infrastructure that will connect the continent to the global village”.