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Praveen Sadalage is the new Managing Director of BusyInternet. He was formerly Vice President (Operations) for Wicenet, an IPTV and IP based multimedia delivery technology company. Praveen has over 18 years of direct experience in roll-out and operations in telecoms, ISP and office automation products.

Founded in Ghana in 2001 with a unique mission to provide both commercial services as well as social and economic development, BusyInternet is located in a 14,000 square foot former gas-bottling factory in the heart of Accra. The company manages three internet cafes (two in Accra and one in Tema) and hosts BusyLab, an IT developers' subsidiary along with Explainer DC, Bloomberg, Oracle etc. among others Busy is the collaboration of two local investment companies (Fidelity Capital Partners and Databank) and a Welsh entrepreneur, Mark Davies.

With a range of events, training, debates, as well as a growing community of IT entrepreneurs, the BusyInternet story has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and is a key Ghanaian initiative focused on transforming the local economy to meet the opportunities of the digital age.

The Busy team is made up of 120 young and motivated people from across West Africa. BusyInternet is an end to end ISP serving students, residential/ homes and businesses with dedicated internet access. BusyInternet also provides Managed Services and IT set up to enterprises. The company supports clients with Shared, Assured & Dedicated Packages, Co-Location & Data Hosting, off-site back Ups, VOIP Installations and Network Design, Planning & Support, WiFi set up as well as Security systems.

Mark Davies, the founder, mentioned: "We are the exclusive providers for wifi at Accra Mall and the Airport, and have opened a branch in Tema and that we are planning new branches in the metropolitan region." Praveen Sadalage added "To date, BusyInternet has provided internet access to more than 2 million customers who walk in and currently manages around dedicated 500 connections and managed services, including 85% to enterprises. The company won the "Best ISP of the year" Ghana's ICT Award and the ISP of the year award in 2007 and 2008 by the Ministry of Communication, Ghana. BusyInternet is exploring proposals to take this very successful model to other locations and countries in Africa.

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