Dimension Data Advanced Infrastructure is partnering with Alvarion, a provider of 4G wireless communications solutions and broadband wireless access technologies, to offer a viable alternative solution geared for Africa’s tough conditions and supported on the continent.
“Connectivity is mission-critical to any organisation and the means of acquiring it are evolving continuously,” says Nicholas Shaw, GM for Advanced infrastructure at Dimension Data Middle East and Africa. “Part of our role at Advanced Infrastructure is to ensure that we offer the best fit for the business we are engaged with.
“While fibre optic cabling has become the accepted means of providing connectivity, it is not always financially viable, or even physically possible to deploy in certain instances. Alvarion acknowledges Africa as a global growth point and has established a strong support structure and services network here on the continent. This is sure to make it more attractive than some of its counterparts, whose service delivery and parts stores are based offshore.
“Their locality makes service faster and spares less expensive and easier to acquire,” says Shaw. “We are impressed with the wide range of robust, quality products that are ideally suited for the harsher African conditions.”
By pairing with Dimension Data, Alvarion will strengthen its foothold in Africa and promote its belief in the ability of pervasive wireless connectivity to transform the way people live and conduct business.
“We support business growth, not just on an enterprise level, but at a grass roots level as well,” says Shaw. “There is a huge drive from Government for ICT to assist with enabling infrastructure, particularly in our remote communities. Wireless technologies such as those that Alvarion brings to the table are helping us bring connectivity to sites that fall outside of commercial networks or where fibre just isn’t an option.
“For example, many municipalities stand to be empowered through the creation of their own infrastructure that they can grow and manage themselves. The impact this will have on service delivery will be phenomenal, and that is the kind of enablement that we are working very hard to make happen.”