Ubuntu, Aviat merger creates new SA telecoms entity

Ubuntu, Aviat merger creates new SA telecoms entity

Aviat Networks and Ubuntu Technologies have announced a joint venture aimed at shaking up the telecommunications sector in South Africa.

Aviat-Ubuntu Telecommunications will provide a full range of service options but also the best-of-breed products to both public and private telecommunications operators.

NASDAQ-listed Aviat has been seeking a Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) partner to enable it to expand its reach into the South African market. The new venture has significant black representation at board level, and will be headed up by CEO Allen Tshabangu, who has over 20 years’ of business experience.

 Ubuntu chief executive officer (CEO) Wandile Bereng said: “Aviat-Ubuntu intends to be a force to be reckoned with in the telecommunications sector. By joining forces, our two companies will be able to compete aggressively in the telecommunication sector, and will be able to expand our client base significantly.”

 Tshabangu said: “Aviat-Ubuntu aims to support the development of the country’s economic potential by leveraging off the unique expertise of the two partners. The new company is uniquely positioned to provide end-to-end solutions, and also to compete for market share based on improved efficiencies that will accrue from economies of scale. The company is poised to take a lead in providing leading telecommunications solutions.

 “We’re the new players on the telecommunications block, and we aim to make our presence felt in a way that will benefit all operators and the South African people as a whole.”


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