Convergence Partners – an investment management firm focused on the telecommunications, media and technology sector in Africa – today announced the launch of the Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund (CPCIF), the only infrastructure fund that is dedicated solely to the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in Africa. With a first close of $145 million, it is one of the largest African based infrastructure funds, notwithstanding its single sector focus.
Dimension Data, Convergence Partners’ investee, announced the addition of four new global cloud data centres in the next quarter to address the ongoing demand for enterprise-class cloud services. The addition of the new Managed Cloud Platform (MCP) locations will bring to 11 the number of Dimension Data’s public MCPs globally, with multiple data centres in each of the Americas, EMEA, Asia-Pacific and Australia regions.
The Dimension Data Enterprise Development Incubator Programme held a graduation for 18 successful young entrepreneurs. The event was held at Dimension Data’s Durban offices. The Enterprise Development incubation programme was developed to promote entrepreneurial skills and to broaden the supplier base in the ICT industry.
Britehouse, a Dimension Data company and a long-standing SAP hosting and cloud services partner in South Africa, announced its status as an SAP channel partner authorised to resell the SAP® Business One Cloud solution on the African continent. SAP Business One Cloud, previously SAP Business One OnDemand, is a comprehensive, managed software platform for multiple businesses sharing the use of common computing resources that are centrally hosted and managed.
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.
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.
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, a global ICT services and solutions provider, today unveiled Dimension Data OneCloud Partner Programme, a global cloud partnership initiative that enables service providers, education institutions, government agencies and trading communities to rapidly bring new cloud services to market. The programme expedites time to market by leveraging the Group’s global Managed Cloud Platform™ (MCP), sales and marketing enablement services, as well as Dimension Data’s Cloud Exchange, allowing an ecosystem of cloud service providers that are able to exchange cloud traffic.