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Dimension Data
Private subsidiary of NTT
Industry Information technology
Founded 1983
Headquarters Johannesburg, South Africa
Area served
Key people
Jeremy Ord, Chairman
Jason Goodall, Chief Executive Officer
Products data centre
Services managed services, system integration, consulting, security, education and learning
Revenue $7.5 billion (2014)[1]
Number of employees
Parent Nippon Telegraph and Telephone
Subsidiaries AccessKenya, AlwaysOn, ContinuitySA, Dimension Data Learning Solutions, earthwave, Euricom, Internet Solutions, JQ Network, Merchants, Nexus, NextiraOne, Oakton, Plessey, Security Assessment, SQL Services, Training Partners and Viiew
Website www.dimensiondata.com

Dimension Data is a global company specialising in information technology services, with operations on every inhabited continent.

Dimension Data's focus areas include network integration, security solutions, data centre solutions, converged communications, customer interactive solutions, Microsoft solutions and a range of professional, consulting, managed and support services.

In 2010, the company was fully acquired by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone.


The company was founded by Werner Sievers in 1983 in South Africa as an information technology specialist.[2] It listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in 1987.[2]

In 1998 it acquired Plessey South Africa.[2] During the next two years it bought a series of companies in the UK, North America, Europe and Australia.[2] It listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2000.[2] In 2001 Dimension Data acquired ComTech Communications, an Australian company run by David Shein. In 2008 it acquired Data Processing Systems, an IT business based in the United Arab Emirates, and completed the acquisition of Datacraft Asia, which rebranded to Dimension Data in 2011.[3]

In July 2010, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone announced an agreed takeover of Dimension Data in a £2.12 billion ($3.24 billion) deal.[4] The offer was declared unconditional on 11 October 2010, with over 93% of shareholders having agreed to tender their holdings.[5]

On June 30, 2011 OpSource Inc. was acquired by Dimension Data Holdings, naming Steve Nola the CEO of Dimension Data Cloud Solutions, who at the time was CEO of Dimension Data Australia.

In October 2012, As of October 1, 2012, Dimension Data launched its Cloud Services brand by renaming OpSource and BlueFire as Dimension Data.[6]

In February 2014 the company acquired NextiraOne, a European-based services and solutions provider, in order to expand their European footprint.[7]

In April 2014 the company acquired Valencia, CA-based Nexus, Cisco's 2014 Global Americas partner of the year, reportedly expanding its presence in the US market by 40%.[8]

In November 2014 the company acquired Oakton, an Australian consulting company.


AccessKenya, AlwaysOn, ContinuitySA, Dimension Data Learning Solutions, Earthwave, Euricom, Internet Solutions, JQ Network, Merchants, Nexus IS, Oakton, Plessey, Security Assessment, SQL Services, Training Partners and Viiew are subsidiaries of Dimension Data Holdings.[9]

Former subsidiaries BlueFire and OpSource were integrated into Dimension Data's cloud group in 2012. The group develops and sells public and private cloud solutions to enterprise clients.

Former subsidiary Xigo was integrated into Dimension Data's Communications Lifecycle Management group.[10]

In February 2014, former subsidiary NextiraOne was rebranded as Dimension Data.[11]


In 2012, Dimension Data was positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of the Gartner Communications Outsourcing and Professional Services Magic Quadrant (COPS) Worldwide report as well as in the Gartner Cloud Infrastructure as a Service Magic Quadrant report.[2]

In March 2013, Dimension Data was named as a Leader in the Green Quadrant® Sustainable Technology Services report by Verdantix. Dimension Data was named along with seven other companies as having a dedicated sustainability practice, a wide range of capabilities and a strong track record in corporate sustainability.

In March 2015, Dimension Data was recognised as one of only five Global Top Employers in the world for outstanding employee offerings, based on an annual independent research carried out by the Top Employers Institute.


On May 3, 2015, the Amaury Sport Organisation(ASO) signed a five year deal with Dimension Data for Dimension Data to be the official technology partner on cycling events. As part of this deal, Dimension Data provides telemetrics including GPS positioning and speed in real time.[12] While this data was intended to improve the experience for fans as well as giving real-time analytics to managers, the data has been used in extenuating circumstances during events. One notable example of the use of this data was the ability of the ASO to use the 3km mark for times on stage 7 of the 2016 Tour de France when the inflatable 1km banner deflated and fell onto the roadway blocking it. There was also speculation about the usage of this telemetry data after a crash involving the spectators within the last kilometer of the shortened stage 12 of the same Tour de France.

In September of 2015, the company also became the sponsor of the former MTN-Qhubeka becoming Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.[13]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c d e f Dimension Data Holdings History
  3. ^ Dimension Data buys UAE-based IT firm
  4. ^ "NTT buys South Africa's Dimension Data". BBC News. July 14, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ "NTT secures Dimension Data takeover". Reuters. 11 October 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Our Cloud Business Overview". Dimension Data.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  7. ^ "NextiraOne takes on the Dimension Data brand". FierceTelecom.com. 2014-04-28. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  8. ^ "Dimension Data Nearly Doubles U.S. Presence With Nexus Acquisition". CRN.com. 2014-04-23. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  9. ^ "About Us". DimensionData.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  10. ^ "Communications Lifecycle Management". DimensionData.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  11. ^ "NextiraOne becomes Dimension Data". NextiraOne.eu. Retrieved 2014-11-17. 
  12. ^ "ASO adds partner to improve Tour de France viewing experience". VeloNews. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  13. ^ O'Shea, Sadhbh (25 September 2015). "Dimension Data named as new primary sponsor for MTN-Qhubeka". Cyclingnews.com (Immediate Media Company). Retrieved 25 September 2015. 

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