ICT industry veteran Andile Ngcaba‘s inq., a Pan-African digital service provider, wants to be Africa’s number one artificial intelligence (AI) service provider.
The company has points of contacts in 12 African cities, Johannesburg, Gaborone, Lusaka, Ndola, Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kanu and Abidjan.
inq. is formerly known as Synergy Communications.
It has concluded the 100% acquisition of Vodacom Business Africa’s operations in Nigeria, Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire with a further planned acquisition in Cameroon pending regulatory approvals. For more read: Andile Ngcaba’s Firm Buys Three Vodacom Business Africa Operations
inq.’s flagship investments included Internet Solutions Mozambique, Skyband Malawi and, most recently, Virtual Business Network Services in Botswana.
At the time of the announcement of the transaction last June, inq. said this deals represents a significant milestone to its vision to be a leading provider of cloud and digitally based services in key markets across sub-Saharan Africa and provides additional vital assets in its build-out of a regional footprint.
Today, inq. said this landmark transaction grows inq.’s regional footprint to 13 cities in 7 countries across Africa including its existing operations in Botswana, Malawi and Mozambique.
Under the inq. banner the company will embark on the next phase of building a unified pan-African cloud and digital service provider, bringing to market a very relevant suite of next-generation technology solutions in the fields of Edge, Artificial Intelligence, NFV and Cloud.
“We are launching inq at a time when the need and demand for market leading-edge cloud and digital services and solutions across our markets looks set to explode. We aim to be Africa’s number one Artificial Intelligence service provider”, remarked Geoff Hardwick, CEO of inq.
Domiciled in Mauritius, inq. is a subsidiary of the Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund, the fund dedicated solely to communications infrastructure and related services and technologies across subSaharan Africa.
Convergence Partners, which is owned by Ngcaba, is an investment management firm focused on the TMT sector in Africa.
“Through inq, we are able to deliver intelligent connectivity through seamless delivery of cloud and digital services and digital technologies to our clients. As the global thinking is going through a reset because of COVID-19, inq. is ready to provide business continuity to our global and continental and local clients”, said Ngcaba, executive chairman of inq.