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.
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
Internet Solutions provides connectivity for video bandwidth to the Infinite Family’s mentoring laboratory in AlexAugust 21st, 2012 | admin
BT announced the opening of Infinite Family’s mentoring laboratory in the Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg, allowing township teenagers to interact with role models who teach, discuss, challenge, and encourage.
Convergence Partners Foundation and Dimension Data’s National E-Learning Programme Gives Students Competitive EdgeJuly 18th, 2012 | admin
Dimension Data Dimension Data’s nationwide E-Learning Centre initiative, in partnership with Convergence Partners Foundation, continues to give students access to premium technology applications to support the school curriculum.
E-learning was established in 1996 and provides multimedia learning to over 27 500 learners nationwide enrolled at 52 partner schools. The e-learning curriculum covers English, mathematics, life science, physical science and accounting.
SEACOM has provided funding towards the development and piloting of a new Swahili and English language application for farmers in Tanzania. This falls in line with SEACOM’s commitment towards fostering the use of ICT for economic development across Africa.
Dimension Data has been named Elite Partner of the Year Middle East as well as Business Development Initiative of the Year Southern Africa by APC Schneider Electric, a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services.
Dimension Data Middle East received the Elite Partner of the Year award and Business Development Initiative of the Year Award for Southern Africa at the APC Schneider Electric Partner Conference, held recently in Manila, Philippines.
Dimension Data announced that it is the recipient of McAfee’s EMEA Systems Integrator of the Year 2012 award. Each year McAfee, the world’s largest dedicated security technology company, honours its top partners that have demonstrated focus and skills around McAfee’s technology, and leveraged it to help clients achieve their security objectives while driving better business performance.
The award from McAfee is further evidence of another successful year for the McAfee and Dimension Data relationship. In 2011, McAfee signed its first Global Solution Provider Agreement with Dimension Data. In addition, McAfee named Dimension Data Global Partner of the Year.
Dimension Data and Internet Solutions have introduced a comprehensive portfolio of cloud computing services across the South African region, offering companies a flexible and cost-efficient new way of procuring computing resources. The companies also announced the launch of its Managed Cloud Platform™ (MCP), a pre-integrated and fully-managed foundation for global cloud delivery, in Johannesburg.
Internet Solutions (IS), has reached the critical mass required to achieve economies of scale in terms of operational capabilities and cost savings with the addition of the new Randview data centre.
“Just about everything in the world today works more efficiently based on economies of scale, as provisioning, orchestration systems and services for more clients makes it cheaper,” says Graeme O’Driscoll, innovation & technology manager: cloud at IS. “With the addition of Randview to our data centre network we have hit the sweet spot in terms of capacity, which means we can start leveraging off of our economies of scale in terms of bulk power supply, space, cooling and human resources.”
Convergence Partners Chairman, Andile Ngcaba, was named as TechCentral’s newsmaker of 2011 for his significant impact on South Africa’s technology sector over the past 12 months, topping an impressive list consisting of Pieter Uys, Mamodupi Mohlala, Karel Pienaar, Robert Gumede, Roy Padayachie, Lars Reichelt, Michael Jordaan, Pinky Moholi and Mteto Nyati.