Networking firm 3Com has appointed Lefatshe Technologies as its exclusive partner for its high-end H3C networking solutions in South Africa.

Making the announcement at GovTech yesterday, 3Com's regional sales director for EMEA, Chris Huggett, confirmed that Lefatshe would be the company's first H3C Advanced Solutions Partner in the country.
“3Com, through H3C, has a world-leading offering in the arena of IP networking infrastructure with IP security, IP communication and IP storage,” says Huggett. “Lefatshe’s experience in network management, security, operations control and consultancy, and its strength in the public sector, makes it an ideal partner for 3Com’s H3C offering.
“It was important for 3Com to select an independent locally-owned company that has a national footprint, but which is focused enough to embrace an exclusive arrangement," he says. "We believe that Lefatshe’s strong management team has the ability to execute, the potential to grow, and the vision to establish H3C as a leading brand in South Africa in the near future.”
Noedine Isaacs-Mpulo, former COO of SITA and now CEO of Lefatshe, says the company's philosophy focuses on providing solutions to customers through partnership.
“Our partnership with 3Com to deliver H3C’s quality IP networking infrastructure to South Africa’s public and corporate sectors will challenge the status quo, offering the market an alternative networking solution at an extremely competitive price point," she says. “Lefatshe’s locally accredited systems engineers and skilled consultants will provide the services required in supplying an end-to-end networking infrastructure solution.
“It is often said that technology is a key enabler for service delivery," Isaacs-Mpulo says. "H3C’s competitive pricing structure will enable government to channel savings from IP networking infrastructure into developing applications to better serve its stakeholders."
H3C is the principal technology partner on several Beijing Olympics projects including modernising the Beijing public transportation system and powering video-on-demand for the official Olympic news site.