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Towards a third generation of cellphones

By: System Author     14th May 1999 THE GSM Association has predicted that cellular data transmission will grow at a rate of 40 % to 50 % this year. The announcement follows a prediction by the association that a billion GSM text mesages would be sent in April alone. Vodacom group executive Joan Joffe believes that the increasing... 

New companies can now hit the ground running

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Leading competitors in the information technology (IT) industry SAP, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard (HP) have formed a tripartite alliance to offer affordable enterprise resource planning solutions to the previously neglected small and medium-sized business spectrum. At about R3-million for 200... 

Turnkey hydraulic package offered in SA

By: Deborah Spicer     7th May 1999 The range of hydraulic equipment manufactured by Denison, and imported from the US and Europe to South Africa through the Denquip group, has a stronger-than-ever presence in the country. “With some changes taking place in the group itself, as well as a change of agency in South Africa, some... 

Govt to study regional satellite

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Government is about to conduct a nine-month study into the feasibility of a domestic regional satellite dedicated to the Southern African Development Community (SADC), communications director-general Andile Ngcaba reports. Based on the present economic outlook, industry experts believe such a... 

Tanzania sweetens telecom privatisation

By: Roelf Diedericks     7th May 1999 Tanzania’s government intends to sweeten the privatisation process of the State-owned Tanzania Telecommunications Company (TTCL) by granting it a cellular licence before any other company in the country, Engineering News can today report. Information obtained from the Tanzania High... 

Train communication system is on track

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A reportedly unique South African developed train communication system worth more than R10-million to support CoalLink in coal transport – with the ultimate goal of moving more than 70-million tons of coal a year to Richards Bay Coal Terminal – is in the process of being rolled out by... 

Pneumatic system for trenchless piping

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A range of pneumat- ic equipment used to install underground pipes and cables without digging trenches is available from Reef Trenchless Technology SA (RTT), a wholly-owned company of Reef Pneumatics and Industrial Supplies. “The conventional method of digging trenches when one needs to... 

Sector galvanised by R1,4bn mast project

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The local corrosion-control industry has received a significant boost by the announcement that Telkom is to go ahead with its plan to erect 4 500 radio masts each year over the next three years. One of Telkom’s main aims is to ensure that the lifecycle cost of creating the radio-based... 

Restructuring aids black empowerment

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Electrical and electronics giant Siemens’s restructuring programme to return to core competences had the potential to substantially thwart efforts towards black-empowerment as many workers are retrenched. However, the process has been transformed into an opportunity that saw umpteen new... 

Telecom market set to reach R50bn by 2003

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A second fixed-line and third cellular operator should both be able to succeed in the South African communications market, BMI-Techknowledge director Andre Wills reports. “Our research indicates that the local telecommunications market should grow from a gross turnover of R20-billion in... 

SA lagging behind world in telecom pricing

By: System Author     30th April 1999 South Africa does not compare well with telecommunication price standards in other countries, where costs are falling dramatically, according to the latest yearly worldwide survey of telephone charges by National Utility Services (NUS) of South Africa. NUS provides a telecommunications, energy... 

$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... 

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