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Galdon Data the first recipient of a new award given by Kathea

Cape Town, 04 Sep 2014
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Left: Ian Calder - General Manager, Kathea. Right: Fairoz Jaffer - Director, Galdon Data.
Left: Ian Calder - General Manager, Kathea. Right: Fairoz Jaffer - Director, Galdon Data.

Galdon Data, part of First Technology Holdings, today announced that it has received the Emerging Partner Award for 2014 from Kathea Communications Solutions.

"Being the first recipient of this award from Kathea is to us a fitting culmination for the commitment and effort that we have expended over the past couple of years since we became an integration partner of Kathea for the provision of Polycom-based solutions," commented Fairoz Jaffer, Director of Galdon Data.

"As a complete communications solutions provider, the provision of video conferencing capabilities is a key part of our total portfolio. The relationship with Kathea, the local distributor for Polycom, is fundamental as their products provide functionality, such as automated facial tracking capabilities, that we have not seen elsewhere and which is often an important requirement for users seeking these types of interactive solutions that provides a personal experience."

Kathea Tech Summit, Emerging Partner 2014 Awarded to Galdon Data.
Kathea Tech Summit, Emerging Partner 2014 Awarded to Galdon Data.

"It was with great pleasure that we made this award to Galdon Data, a Gold partner of ours, as they have built up a reputation as an outstanding Unified Communications (UC) Integrator in the South African market and achieved phenomenal growth in such areas as voice and video over the last twelve months," explained Richard Henn, CEO of Kathea Communications Solutions.

"This not only shows their commitment to positioning these solutions to the market, but also how corporates have seen an ever increasing need for UC and have endorsed the integrated solutions offered by Galdon Data. They truly believe in the UC 'story'. In addition, we have also built and grown a great relationship with them in both Cape Town and Johannesburg and believe that this strong partnership will not only help grow the market but our businesses as well and look forward to being part of this strategic initiative going forward."

"We are delighted that our relationship with Kathea (and Polycom) is blossoming as this bodes well for all of us going forward," concluded Jaffer. "Polycom has a strong relationship and works closely with Microsoft internationally and therefore complements the strong partnership we also enjoy with the latter in the local environment. Galdon Data is also a Gold Microsoft Communications partner."

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Kathea is South Africa's most established and respected specialist in visual collaboration and enablement of unified communications that brings people together regardless of the geography, network or device. With its solutions, individuals and or teams, come together for ad hoc or scheduled meetings, executive broadcasts and training sessions. These are made possible with simple, intuitive rich media communications that can be accessed via TV, PC, purpose-built video conference devices or even tablets, in a secure and managed environment. The company is a Polycom distributor for sub-Saharan Africa.


Polycom helps organisations unleash the power of human collaboration. More than 400 000 companies and institutions worldwide defy distance with secure video, voice and content solutions from Polycom to increase productivity, speed time to market, provide better customer service, expand education and save lives. Polycom and its global partner ecosystem provide flexible collaboration solutions for any environment that deliver the best user experience, the broadest multi-vendor interoperability and unmatched investment protection.

Galdon Data

Galdon Data, a member of the First Technology Group, is a communications solutions company providing state-of-the-art solutions for innovative business communications. This encompasses business information/document delivery, unified messaging and unified communication solutions using the Microsoft, Polycom, Lifesize, Mitel and OpenText (RightFax) range of products. They are accredited as a Certified Microsoft Gold Partner for Communications.

Galdon Data prides itself on being a highly skilled team of solution specialists that focuses in assisting customers understand communications technologies and advising them as to which technologies best suit their business requirements.

Galdon Data is a BEE company boasting highly skilled and certified staff members, with national representation in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

Editorial contacts
Global Research Partners Paul Booth (082) 568 1179
Galdondata Fairoz Jaffer (021) 525 7000
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