Dimension Data eyes more investment in South Africa’s data center market

SOUTH AFRICA – Information technology services company Dimension Data is looking to further invest in the data centre market, to expand its infrastructure, as the world sees Africa as the next economic frontier in the digital economy. Dimension Data says that together with parent company NTT, it has ambitions to be a strong data centre player in South Africa and the rest of the continent, as it positions for increased demand for data centre capability, amid Africa’s cloud computing boom. The companies operate 11 data centres with up to 10MW…

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Dimension Data founder Jeremy Ord quits alongside other executives

SOUTH AFRICA – Information technology services company Dimension Data founder and executive chairman Jeremy Ord is leaving the company he founded 38 years ago. Other executives that are also leaving the systems integrator are understood to be Saki Missaikos, chief strategy officer, and Steve Nathan, chief corporate finance officer. Pearl Mngomezulu, Dimension Data head of communications for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, told ITWeb: “I can confirm that several executive leaders have chosen to pursue interests outside of the business and will be leaving us at the end…

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Dimension Data acquires Acacia Cloud Solutions

SOUTH AFRICA – Information technology company Dimension Data (DiData) has acquired Acacia Cloud Solutions, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner and cloud implementation firm. In a statement, DiData says the acquisition cements its investment in cloud services and solutions that meet the digital transformation and hybrid cloud requirements of organisations in the Middle East and Africa. In addition, the company says the acquisition will expand its AWS capabilities and provide its clients with cloud managed services solutions that deliver relevant optimisation tools and speed to market. Commenting on the acquisition,…

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Dimension Data appoints Nompumelelo Mokou as managing director of its Southern Africa business

SOUTH AFRICA – Information technology services company Dimension Data has appointed Nompumelelo Mokou as managing director of its Southern Africa business, effective 1 April. This is another leadership change that comes hot on the heels of the company uniting its four brands of Dimension Data, Internet Solutions, Britehouse and ContinuitySA into a single entity or ‘One Dimension Data’. Mokou started her career at Dimension Data in 2016 and has most recently headed up its Intelligent Customer Experience business for the Middle East and Africa region. Before joining the company, she…

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Dimension Data CEO Grant Bodley steps down

SOUTH AFRICA – Grant Bodley, the Chief Executive Officer of Dimension Data Middle & East Africa, has resigned and is set to be replaced by Werner Kapp on 1 April, according to TechCentral. In an e-mail to employees, seen by TechCentral, the group’s co-founder and executive chairman, Jeremy Ord, said Bodley will leave Dimension Data at the end of this month. He has been at the helm of Dimension Data for the past six years and has been with the group for the past 20 years. “As much as this is…

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Teraco gets US$167.2m loan funding for data centre construction

SOUTH AFRICA – Africa’s largest interconnection hub and vendor-neutral data centre provider Teraco Data Environments Proprietary Limited, has announced that it has finalised a new US$167.2 million loan financing transaction led by Absa. The loan follows Teraco’s announcement in November 2020 regarding its construction of a new 38-megawatt hyperscale data centre in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, South Africa. Teraco will use the funds raised together with internally generated cash to finance the building of the data centre. The new transaction cements Teraco’s commitment to continuing investment in the region’s digital infrastructure…

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Dimension Data puts internet service provider Mweb up for sale

SOUTH AFRICA – Dimension Data is seeking to sell its Mweb Internet service provider business and has subsequently appointed Standard Bank to lead the sale process, TechCentral has revealed. The plan to sell the ISP and its customer base comes less than four years after Dimension Data, which is owned by Japan’s NTT, acquired 100% control of Mweb from MultiChoice Group which at the time was owned by Naspers in a deal reported then to be worth about US$8.57 million. Dimension Data has not released an official statement on the…

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Teraco invests US$250m in Africa’s largest data centre project

SOUTH AFRICA – Cloud-neutral colocation data centre solutions provider Teraco Data Environments has announced an investment of US$ 250million to construct a new hyperscale data centre, with 38-megawatts (MW) of critical power load in Johannesburg. Jan Hnizdo, CEO of Teraco, revealed the investment plan in an interview with ITWeb. “By the time we finish, we would have invested US$250million over the two phases of construction,” Hnizdo said. In a press statement, the company said the facility, known as JB4, is scheduled for completion in quarter 1of 2022 and as a standalone building,…

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IS, Dimension Data and Continuity East Africa rebrand to Dimension Data East Africa

EAST AFRICA – Internet Solutions (IS), Dimension Data and Continuity East Africa (CEA) are all rebranding to operate as Dimension Data East Africa.  The three companies are all subsidiaries of Dimension Data Group operating in the region and this rebranding means the individual brands will retire by the end of this year.  According to Dimension Data Managing Director East and West Africa, Richard Hechle, bringing the companies together will help the firm unlock opportunities for greater innovation, as well as giving clients the power to build their futures using game changing…

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