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Dimension Data sells stake in Tanzania

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 9 July 2009

Dimension Data MEA has struck a strategic partnership with Tanzania-based WiA Group. Under the terms of the deal, WiA Group has acquired a 49% stake in Dimension Data Tanzania for an undisclosed sum. London-quoted Dimension Data, an IT solutions and services provider, claims that the deal forms part of its strategy of local empowerment through local ownership in Africa.

WiA Group is the majority shareholder in WiA, a leading Tanzanian ISP that provides a range of connectivity services including wireless broadband, web hosting, VoIP, e-business and e-mail services to the Tanzanian market, specifically in Dar es Salaam.

“The Dimension Data WiA Group partnership will ensure that national and international businesses, as well as government and public sector agencies, have access to and benefit from an integrated range of modern, reliable and affordable ICT solutions and services,” said Neda Smith, general manager at Dimension Data Tanzania.

“ICTs are a critical enabler in socio-economic development. This partnership reflects the company’s commitment to economic empowerment through local ownership, and recognition of the benefits for all parties when companies combine their strengths to provide solutions and services to organisations,” Smith added.

Eric Mwenda, CEO at WiA Group, commented: “In order to deliver on the ever increasing demand for ICT in the Tanzanian market, companies must scale on both capacity and capability. The partnership with Dimension Data gives us access to an enormous pool of IT skills and talent, ICT worldwide best practices, and the opportunity to further invest in our technological capabilities. This will ensure we implement the latest technology so that Tanzania becomes an active participant in the information economy.”

Commenting on the partnership, Hon. Professor Peter M. Msolla, Tanzania’s Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, said: “The partnership of these two significant ICT players and the services they will deliver to the people of Tanzania, is twofold: the development of the ICT industry; and the growth of industries and institutions that adopt modern technologies to increase their economic productivity and efficiency.”

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