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$5-million global satellite contract won

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A US$5-million three-year contract for the installation of satellite services in Khartoum, Sudan, has been won by South African firm Hix Technologies. “Through this project we can gain the experience in satellite installation necessary in the future in South Africa, particularly because we... 

Cell costs approach fixed-line costs

By: System Author     30th April 1999 In the seven years since its launch, global systems for mobile communications (GSM) technology has achieved 150-million subscribers worldwide, with up to 60% penetration in countries like Finland, compared to about 6% in South Africa. Even the US, previously having to deal with nine operating... 

Madagascar dogged by poor infrastructure

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Madagascar is a country with a promising future, Siemens South Africa CE Dr Klaus Doring tells Engineering News. “I visited Madagascar in February, on an exploratory visit, to see if there were any opportunities there – we had a lot of support from the German ambassador there, who... 

NZ prisoner home-detention scheme by Oct

By: System Author     30th April 1999 IT seems as if South Africa is not alone in its quest to make its prisoners feel ‘right at home’ with an electronic home-detention electronic monitoring scheme to be implemented by the New Zealand Department of Corrections on October 1 this year. Operational adviser for the project... 

Voice for small companies

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 ORGANISERS of Electrics Africa, the international electrical exhibition, have created a village area of affordable stands for smaller South African companies. This will give suppliers the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits associated with full-scale participation at the event. “We... 

Satra will not stand in way of Telkom listing

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Satra) says it will not stand in the way if Telkom decides to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). Last week, Engineering News reported that the South African government, through its Department of Communications, was... 

Maree sprinting towards ‘new’ kind of gold

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 World-renowned athlete Sydney Maree is sprinting towards a new kind of gold: microchips. Maree’s company, Emthonjeni (Zulu for ‘place of shelter’) Investments, has signed a deal with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to take over South Africa’s troubled... 

New kid arrives on the local telecom block

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 There is a new kid on the block in South Africa’s telecommunications industry in the form of Marconi Communications, which has boosted its commitment to the country with its purchase of Telephone Manufacturers of South Africa (Temsa). Marconi bought out the Siemens and Reunert shareholding... 

Multifeature cellphone launch

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Telecommunications company Ericsson is about to launch a new mini-phone called the T18s to replace its GF788. “As one of only a few companies in telecommunications worldwide capable of driving communication technology towards a merger with information technology (IT), we have broken ground... 

Novel plan to use powerlines for telecom

By: System Author     16th April 1999 In these dwindling days of the twentieth century it is already clear that information and communications is going to be the key technology for the new millennium. In a global world where similar products, prices and features will become commonplace, a company’s competitive edge will... 

Sky’s the limit for local telecom-tower firm

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Local tower and mast-manufac- turing and erection company Skywave Manufacturing has complemented its existing range of self-supporting telecom towers with the new Mark VI cost-effective design. The company is reported to be the largest designer and manufacturer of tubular and angle-iron towers in... 

25th anniversary as radio-frequency specialist

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Leading manufacturer and supplier of top- quality equipment to the telecom industry, Skywave, is celebrating its 25th anniversary as radio-frequency (RF) specialists. Founded in 1974, the company has established a solid reputation for the design, manufacture and supply of an extensive range of... 

Comprehensive component supplier

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Sandton-based company Circuitronix has been a supplier of goods and services to local telecom equipment and printed-circuit board (PCB) manufacturer and supplier Skywave PCB since 1990. The main activity of the company includes the supply of all materials and equipment used in the manufacture of... 

Cellular licence lobbying hots up

By: System Author     16th April 1999 WITH the June 14 submission date for South Africa’s third cellular licence bids drawing near, lobbying to swing the decision in potential bidders’ favour is increasing, with the announcement by Labat Africa of its black-empowerment consortium. Labat SA, which is to list on the... 

R57-million telecom monitoring contract won

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R57-million contract awarded by Telkom represents the measurement solutions business unit of Grintek Telecom’s largest order to date. The company will supply and maintain the GeoProbe test system to monitor and control Telkom’s new intelligent signalling system 7 (SS7). Manufactured... 

Local telecom giant ahead of targets

By: System Author     16th April 1999 South Africa’s fixed-line telecommunications corporation, Telkom, concluded its financial year at the end of March ahead of its roll-out targets, CEO Sizwe Nxasana tells Engineering News. He says nearly R10-billion was spent on capital projects in an effort to expedite its plan to add a... 

Satellite earth station nearing completion

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Satellite telecom provider Globalstar is nearing the completion of its earth station in Delareyville, North West Province, and is expected to start testing procedures later this month. “Engineers from Globalstar, Alcatel and Qualcomm are busy finalising the preparation of the site to ensure... 

20% cellular stake

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A FURTHER 20% in MTN is to be acquired by Johan nesburg Stock Exchange-listed M-Cell – raising its stake to 72,1%. This announcement follows hard on the heels of the sale of 5% of MTN by Johnnic to black-empowerment groups for R600-million. The new transaction will take place through share... 

Calling the shots on telecom in South Africa

By: System Author     16th April 1999 South Africa’s telecom industry uses various technologies, such as fixed-wire telephony, cellular telephony, paging, value-added network services (Vans), radio trunking, satellite, the Internet and wireless data, to keep South Africans communicating, explains the South African Telecom... 

Voice and data merge as telcos offer diverse services

By: System Author     16th April 1999 MOST new service revenues for telecom companies (telcos) will come from devices that are not traditional personal computers and workstations, says Sun Microsystems SA telecom industry executive Michael Law. “Telcos globally need to introduce more services on various other devices, including... 

Egypt joins network

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The Egyptian Telecom Company (Telecom Egypt) has agreed to purchase capacity in Project Oxygen, the planned global optical-fibre undersea cable network. The carrier will also provide access to the network through landing points in Port Said, Suez and Alexandria. “Telecom Egypt decided to... 

New cellphone ringing up a storm

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Cellular-phone provider Nokia, of Finland, is expected to ring up a storm once its new phone lands in South Africa later this year. The Nokia 7110 dual-band GSM 900/1800 media phone was introduced at the global systems mobile (GSM) world congress in Cannes, France, in February, and is expected in... 

Broadcasting the benefits of HF radio

By: System Author     16th April 1999 lthough cellular phones, and soon also satellite phones, are giving people in remote areas access to communication, high-frequency (HF) radio communication still has a bright future in Africa, as well as in other parts of the world. “Should one wish to use cellular or satellite phones,... 

Satellite phones for yacht-race contenders

By: System Author     16th April 1999 With new low-earth orbit (Leo) and medium-earth orbit satellite telephone services entering the market, satellite telecom provider Station Africa Telecoms (SAT) of Menlo Park, Gauteng, realises the need to realign its strategy to overcome the challenges set by new technology. “We believe... 

Local network-management centre on track

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Construction of the national network management centre or operations centre (NNOC) and the information technology services complex (ITS) of Telkom are on track in Centurion, Gauteng, with the first staged hand-over taking place this month. The ITS project includes the relocation of existing... 

33-million rural market

By: System Author     16th April 1999 ABOUT 33-million people in South Africa have yet to be connected to a telecom network, reports the Institute for International Research (IIR). Instead of perceiving this as a problem, it is recommended that operators, service providers and their suppliers look to the future, take a longer-term... 

R50m Dect order

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A PROJECTED R50-million order from Telkom for the supply of equipment shelters for the digital enhanced cordless telecom (Dect) system has been secured by Webb Industries, a Jasco group company. This brings the total value of Dect orders secured by the group to some R90-million. In terms of the... 

Call centre for Mauritius is completed

By: System Author     16th April 1999 eading call-centre solu- tion provider and sys- tems integrator, National Data Systems (NDS), has been commissioned by Mauritius Telecom (MT) to implement a call centre that not only provides a world-class telecom service for the island, but also enhances MT’s presence as being the main... 

Convergence becomes world telecom trend

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Today’s communications industry is being shaped by several key factors: a rapid growth in mobile communications, explosive growth in the Internet, stagnating revenues from core telephone services, falling prices, and spreading competition, liberalisation and privatisation, reports British... 

Asian telecom industry beckons

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Asian telecom firms can expect increased interest from US and European supercarriers looking for joint ventures or acquisitions, predicts a report by Deloitte Consulting entitled ‘Worldwide demand for telephone service: a post-crash guide for global telecom supercarriers’.... 

Counting the future of telecom numbering

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The South African Telecom Regulatory Authority (Satra) has published a discussion paper on the future of telecom numbering in South Africa. All telecom services require numbers, whether it is a standard telephone, mobile, facsimile, pager, toll-free or any other type of telecom device. South... 

Second telephony trial

By: System Author     16th April 1999 SATELLITE telecom provider Intelsat has announced that it has begun its second rural-telephony trial. This three-month trial is taking place in Senegal with the co-operation of Sonatel, the Senegalese signatory to the company. The trial will serve multiple villages, and is using two... 

Damaged equipment rises from the ashes

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Local loss-recovery specialist Relectronic- Remech of Randburg, Gauteng, boasts an impressive track record of producing cost-savings for its clients ranging from 76% to 98% of the replacement value of electronic equipment, electromechanical equipment and computer hardware. The company is not only... 

In-house satellite-dish tooling

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Supply of formed satellite dishes to telecom-equipment manufacturer and supplier Skywave has been entrusted to Schuurman Metal Pressings of the Cape Province since 1997. Schuurman Metal Pressings director Jurie Schuurman reports that the company feels proud to be associated as the company’s... 

Satellite dishes supplied for Africa

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Telecom manufacturer and equipment supplier Skywave supplies satellite dishes to the local industry. Powder-coating of these dishes is carried out at the company’s powder-coating facility, featuring a camel-back oven and a motorised continuous line. The pretreatment process is available for... 

Strong growth in the PC market

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Buoyed by strong consumer, small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME) and educational sales, the South African personal computer (PC) market notched up exceptional year-on-year growth and marginally topped strong third quarter 1998 sales. This is the word from information technology and... 

Gauteng gets ready to mine IT highway

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Groundwork is expected to start on the R100-million first phase of a greenfields development project called the Gauteng Innovation Hub before the end of this year. Previous reports in Engineering News indicate that Midrand has been chosen as the physical location for this initiative; an area... 

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