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Internet Solutions acquires ContinuitySA

Johannesburg, 17 June 2014 – Internet Solutions (IS), a pan-African communications services provider of IP-based connectivity, communication, data centre, cloud and carrier services has today announced that it has acquired business continuity management company ContinuitySA (CSA), for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition sees both IS and CSA benefit through the reciprocal leveraging of key infrastructure assets as well as professional services capability. CSA operates the largest recovery facilities in Southern Africa, with over 25 000m2 of facilities including 3 000m² of data centre space available in Gauteng (Midrand and Randburg), Cape Town (Bellville and Somerset West), Botswana, Mozambique and Mauritius. IS has over 12 500m2 of data centre space across the continent with sites in South Africa (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein) Nigeria and Kenya, providing the client base of both companies with a greater depth and breadth of business continuity management services and IT disaster recovery services , data replication, syndicated hardware, and work area recovery services.

CSA’s African footprint together with the substantial infrastructure investments IS has and continues to make across the continent provide the company with increased capability and reach. Importantly, the company will now be able to meet the increasing demand from clients for full data recovery and businesss continuity services from a single provider.

Commenting on the acquisition, IS Chief Solutions Officer Sean Nourse said, “There are a number of areas where the combined offerings of both companies will provide clients with a single end to end provider of services with enhanced delivery capability. For example, CSA’s work area recovery services provide highly secure facilities and this combined with IS’s capability to deliver immediate communications services through its VoIP solutions, means businesses will be able remain online and employees productive during any disruptive situation.”

Michael Davies, CEO, CSA sees the complementary offerings of both companies as a bonus for clients. “Business continuity is top of the C-suite agenda these days, not only in South Africa but across the continent. IS’s network and data centre infrastructure across the continent, combined with CSA’s professional services, business continuity and IT disaster recovery expertise, will ensure that clients throughout Africa will have access to world class services.”

Under the terms of the acquisition, CSA will retain brand and operational autonomy and also maintain its vendor neutral stance. Michael Davies, CEO, CSA will continue to lead the company. 

About Internet Solutions
Internet Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dimension Data. The company is Southern Africa’s most established and experienced Internet Service Provider. Since 1993 Internet Solutions has been providing innovative end-to-end connectivity solutions and related services across the African continent. Today IS is a provider of Internet Protocol-based Connectivity, Communications, and Cloud and Carrier services in the African market and for African clients into the global market. IS provides services to large public and private sector organisations, medium sized organisations, and through its value channel program to smaller organisations and consumers.

About ContinuitySA
ContinuitySA is Africa's leading provider of business continuity management and related services. The company boasts some of the continent’s most highly skilled and qualified business continuity and disaster management experts who help companies, organisations and government departments of all sizes prepare for and deal with all eventualities. These include potential threats, events, incidences and unforeseen or sudden disruptions due to human error or natural events.

ContinuitySA offers a complete business continuity management solution which delivers fully managed ICT resilience through backup and recovery solutions, leveraging off an extensive nation-wide base of infrastructure, data centres, bandwidth and ICT capability.

ContinuitySA operates the largest recovery facilities in southern Africa. It has a number of recovery centres in Southern Africa with over 20000 square metres of recovery facilities in Midrand, Gauteng. Smaller sites have been located in Cape Town, Botswana, Mozambique and a joint venture has been established in Mauritius.

Media contact:
Michelle Atkins
Michelle.atkins@is.co.za
082 500 3503