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Critical Links partners with Maringo to deliver state-of-art ICT solutions to Small and Medium Enterprises in South Africa

Distribution partnership with Maringo to bring award-winning edgeBOX - comprehensive voice, data, security and IT solutions on a single appliance (office-in-a-box) to SMEs.


FAIRFIELD, NJ, February 25th, 2010 - Critical Link, a global provider of unified voice, data, security and IT solutions for SMEs, today announced a distributor and service partnership with Maringo (a member of the Jasco Group of Companies), a leading value-added supplier of integrated ICT solutions to SMEs in South Africa. Maringo is the latest addition to Critical Links’ world-wide distributor network and will represent Critical Links in South Africa, a high growth market. Through this agreement, Maringo’s efforts to bring edgeBOX to South Africa will be fully backed by Critical Links, including 24/7 support and different service level agreements customized for SME needs. Maringo will also provide inventory and logistical support to other edgeBOX resellers in South Africa.

Maringo’s mission is to simplify ICT needs by being a single point of contact for all its client ICT queries and problems, and by incorporating all their monthly ICT costs on to a single bill. This will help SMEs consolidate their ICT needs, maximize their IT efficiencies, reduce overall costs and stay focused on their core business. After in-depth research, Maringo found that Critical Links’ edgeBOX is the ideal solution to provide such consolidated Voice/Data/IT infrastructure to SMEs. By combining all SME voice and data requirements on a single, stable and scalable platform, with an easy-to-use management interface that is consistent across all services and form factors, edgeBOX has proven to be the solution of choice for many SMEs world-wide in a short span of time.

“We are excited to join hands with Critical Links and add the uniquely versatile edgeBOX to our ICT portfolio. The edgeBOX multi-service platform is ideal for what we are trying to accomplish in the SME space; with Critical Links’ exemplary support, and on-going enhancement programs, we are confident that edgeBOX will be a roaring success in the South African market.” Commented Mark van Vuuren, MD of Maringo.

The edgeBOX provides a Multi-Service Business Gateway solution for SMEs that includes a full-fledged IP telephony system, smoothly integrated with email, contact database, calendars, security, router, VPN, file sharing, and more. The voice and data services integration improves employee productivity, simplifies installation, maintenance and upgrades, and dramatically reduces equipment, communications, and maintenance costs for SMEs. It is available on a range of scalable platforms for companies from 10 to 300 users. edgeBOX can be fully managed remotely through a simple browser, which makes it especially suited for system integrators that want to get into the business of providing managed services to SME customers.

“We are excited by this opportunity to partner with Maringo and bring the value of edgeBOX to SMEs in South Africa”, commented Vasco Correia, Vice President of Sales for the EMEA region at Critical Links. “The edgeBOX has established its leadership around the world in delivering value-added applications at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions, and we are confident that this will also be the case in the South African market. With the edgeBOX, SMEs in South Africa can now enjoy state-of-the art capabilities hitherto affordable only by larger enterprises”.

About Critical Links

Critical Links is a global provider of converged voice, data and IT solutions for small and medium businesses (SMBs) that dramatically simplify and cost-reduce by consolidating over a single scalable and fault-tolerant platform.

Critical Links’ flagship product, the edgeBOX™, is an award-winning multi-function gateway appliance that includes VoIP/IP-PBX, VPNs, security, NAC, QoS and a WiFi access point as well as a fax server, web server, e-mail server, print server and data storage. It is available on a range of hardware platforms that support up to 300 users, with different form factors and a host of broadband interfaces such as BRI/PRI(T1/E1), FX0/FXS, Ethernet, etc. Critical Links typically serves SMBs through a global network of VARs, System Integrators, OEMs and Service Providers. For more information: www.critical-links.com or info@critical-links.com.

About Maringo Communications

Maringo is part of the Jasco group of companies, which is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Maringo provides a full palette of converged ICT products and services that are tailor-made to satisfy the needs of small to medium sized companies in relation to their information and communication technology needs. Maringo Communications (Pty) Ltd is an enhanced channel partner of Vodacom Business, and a national distributor for Open-Tec, Critical Links and other cutting edge ICT brands. For more information visit, www.maringo.co.za or contact on 087 310 0101 or via email @ sales@maringo.co.za.

Contact information:
Abdul Kasim, VP Marketing
Critical-Links
akasim@critical-links.com
973.276.9006 x1004
www.critical-links.com/PR
Carlos Taveira
Get Global, Marketing Communications Consultancy
351 213502551
351 918711884
carlos.taveira@getglobal.pt