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Esquire snaps up ISP stake

South Africa-based distributor Esquire Technologies has picked up a 50% stake in ISP outfit SA Gateway for an undisclosed sum. SA Gateway management holds the remaining 50% in the company. Esquire claims that the deal is in line with its ongoing internet strategy. The distributor plans to put itself in a position where it can offer very competitive rates for internet-based communications to its 12,000-strong reseller base. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 13 March 2012

AOC adds One World in Algeria

Monitor vendor AOC has strengthened its distribution reach in North Africa. AOC has appointed One World Computer Networks as an authorised distributor for AOC monitors in Algeria. AOC is part of Taiwan-based TPV Technologies, one of the world’s largest display manufacturers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 13 March 2012

MSI eyes MEA notebook brand boost

Hardware vendor MSI has set its sights on building up brand equity for its range of notebooks in the Middle East and Africa markets in 2012. MSI is planning a series of marketing campaigns to bolster its brand image and will hold its ‘Beat It’ video gaming competition in the second quarter. MSI has also announced its intention to further develop its regional distribution reach during 2012. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 2 March 2012

Investcorp profits from Redington stake

Middle East investment fund Investcorp has sold its 26% equity stake in Redington’s Middle East, Turkey and Africa operation for US$114.8m to the distributor’s Bombay-quoted parent company Redington India. This sum includes US$2.1m in dividends already received and represents a net gain of US$49.8m for Investcorp, which purchased the stake back in November 2008 for US$65m. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 20 February 2012

DISTREE EMEA 2012: Q&A

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012, DISTREE Events CEO Farouk Hemraj discusses the development of DISTREE EMEA and why it remains a highly productive event for all attendees to attend. In total 1000 delegates representing vendors, distributors, retailers and e-tailers are set to attend DISTREE EMEA 2012, which takes place from February 7-10th in Monaco. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 2 December 2011

Sonicwall holds MEA partner event

Intelligent network security and data protection solutions provider Sonicwall recently held its fifth next generation partner event, gathering more than 150 partners from across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. A total of 27 partners and resellers were recognised at the vendor’s top performance awards for 2011, which took place during the channel event. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 30 November 2011

Linxia lands Xerox rights from Bytes

Bytes Document Solutions, Xerox distributor to 26 African countries, has appointed Linxia to distribute Xerox multifunction devices (MFDs) and printers in Mauritius and surrounding Indian Ocean islands. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 9 November 2011

Third quarter growth for MEA PC market

The Middle East and Africa PC market grew 7.4% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2011 to hit 4.7 million units, according to IDC. Notebooks climbed 15.1% to 2.9 million units with desktops slipping 3.3% to 1.78 million units. HP maintained top spot in the region with year-on-year growth of 37.1% driven by its competitively priced consumer notebook range. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 3 November 2011

MSI names new regional sales director

PC and components vendor MSI has named Steven Chen as regional sales director for the greater APAC region – a territory that includes the Middle East and Africa, India, South East Asia and Asia Pacific. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 2 November 2011

Almasa Value gets Gateprotect rights

Almasa Value Distribution, the recently created VAD division of Almasa Holdings, has been appointed as exclusive master distributor for Gateprotect in the Middle East and parts of Africa. Almasa Value will look to recruit security-focused resellers in the region capable of taking Gateprotect;s security solutions to market in the region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 11 October 2011

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