Comsol’s head office and main branch is in Midrand, Gauteng, and it has additional branch operations in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, and Durban. It also has technical teams on the ground in Welkom, East London, and Nelspruit. Sixty percent of the company’s business structure is made up of highly skilled technicians located across the country who build, implement, and maintain wireless connectivity solutions for customers.
These technicians are all certified in the solutions they are providing, and are fully employed by Comsol, with no use of third party contractors. Comsol has a direct technical presence in seven provinces across South Africa, through which it provides services to customers across the country and other parts of Africa. This enables it to offer varying service level agreements to suit specific customer requirements and budgets.
Comsol has strategic partnerships with Internet Solutions, Dimension Data and T-Systems. Its relationship with Internet Solutions started with the building of the company’s wireless infrastructure.
Since then, Comsol has provided wireless links between Internet Solutions and thousands of its customers, including Supergroup, Investec, Life Healtcare, SARS, Bidvest, UTI, BP, Value Logistics, De Beers, Murray & Roberts, Mondi, and Deloitte.
Comsol was founded in Durban in 1997 by the company’s current CEO Iain Stevenson. Since then, the company has generated more than R1-billion turnover from building wireless access solutions for customers, with no further capital injection.
In 2000 Comsol opened an operation in Johannesburg and moved its head office there in 2006, because of the escalating demand for wireless access solutions in the area. Black empowerment company Convergence Partners acquired a 38.2% shareholding in the business in 2006.
Convergence Partners also owns shares in Dimension Data, Vodacom, Seacom, New Dawn Satellite, Nedbank, and Bright House, and is a joint stakeholder in FiberCo, along with Cell C and Internet Solutions.