Emperion A/S, a Danish broadband operator is set to enter East Africa’s IT scene through a partnership with Uganda’s Data Fundi, a consulting and systems integration company.
“Data Fundi (U) Ltd and Emperion A/S are in the process of embarking on a joint venture to offer the ICT sector in East Africa better ICT solutions,” said Anita Kayongo, Data Fundi’s sales and public relations manager. “There are administrative and legal processes that are still ongoing, and once they are finalized, an official announcement will be made.”
According to media reports the joint-venture company, which has been named Teleport East Africa, will introduce wireless broadband in the region.
Teleport East Africa will establish operational facilities in Kampala, offering enterprise-class broadband services via satellite and wireless infrastructure.
Media reports said services will initially target enterprises and organizations and will include Internet and VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) access, rural communication solutions and advanced “one-stop-shop” corporate solutions.
Emperion has existing partnerships in Nigeria and Dubai, and its planned link with Data Fundi will mark its entrance into the East African market.
The companies came into contact in January 2007 at TechChange, an ICT exhibition and matchmaking event sponsored by the Danish Development Agency’s Business-to-Business Programme.
Emperion’s entrance in East Africa comes with the planned launch of three submarine fiber-optic networks, each in different stages of deployment, on Africa’s eastern seaboard.