Johannesburg, South Africa – 22 September 2014 – Dimension Data MEA (Pty Ltd) today announced that it is to launch a new company, WirelessCo (Pty Ltd), which will build and operate an open access carrier-grade WiFi network. WirelessCo will be owned by Dimension Data (51%) and Multichoice (49%) respectively. The deal is subject to Competition Commission approval.
WirelessCo will be headquartered in Johannesburg and will combine the WiFi network assets of Dimension Data-owned WiFi provider AlwaysOn, together with the WiFi assets of MWEB WiFi. The AlwaysOn retail consumer business will continue to operate as a separate entity. Employees of MWEB WiFi, as well as AlwaysOn employees who manage the AlwaysOn network will be employed by WirelessCo.
Derek Wilcocks, CEO, Dimension Data Middle East and Africa says “A ubiquitous WiFi network for South Africa, built by WirelessCo will be a step forward to a “WiFi first” service as a viable and cost effective alternative to traditional data communication in a mobile environment, enabling more South Africans with affordable internet access. This company is committed to making the necessary investments to ensure WiFi is available everywhere and to everyone, driving digital inclusion for all of the country”.
Francois Theron, CEO MWEB Group says: “More and more businesses across almost all industry sectors are looking to extend or entrench their value proposition through digital strategies. We are excited to have the opportunity to build a platform that can connect these businesses to their customers.”
About Internet Solutions
Internet Solutions (IS) is a Pan-African telecoms service provider to public and private sector organisations and have been providing innovative end-to-end telco solutions and related services for more than 20 years. Today, IS is at the forefront of Internet Protocol-based technologies and we build solutions and services tailored to the increasingly complex demands of organisations across the enterprise, public sector, global carrier and growing small-to-medium business sectors.
As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dimension Data Group and part of NTT, IS leverages its infrastructure and global footprint to support organisations with the rapid deployment of emerging technologies.
Headquartered in South Africa, we have operating offices in four African countries and sales offices in UK, Singapore and USA. IS has five international PoPs (Point of Presence) in New York, London, Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore as well as 60 PoPs across the African continent. The company has over 15,500 sqm of data centre space across the African continent and is the largest provider of alternate last mile services in South Africa. Internet Solutions also has the largest network of WiFi hotspot in South Africa.
MultiChoice South Africa's activities involve the operation of Pay-Television and internet subscriber platforms. The MultiChoice South Africa group includes the digital satellite Pay-Television business ("DStv"), which has been in operation since 1995.
Other businesses in the group are;
M-Net (delivers thematic channels and exclusive content to DStv subscribers) and SuperSport (provides comprehensive coverage of local and global sport), DStv Media Sales (commercial airtime sales and on-air sponsorship), DStv Digital Media (a division of MultiChoice and oversees the development of emerging platforms and products for the group), MWEB (internet service provider), Commerce Zone (e-procurement solutions) and Smart Village (gated community services) also form part of the group.
MultiChoice's involvement in South Africa goes beyond its core business. Through its corporate social investment, the company actively participates in social transformation and, through technology, enables individuals and communities to help themselves.
About Dimension Data
Founded in 1983, Dimension Data plc is an ICT services and solutions provider that uses its technology expertise, global service delivery capability, and entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate the business ambitions of its clients. Dimension Data is a member of the NTT Group.