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Tanzania satphone system

By: System Author     16th April 1999 IN March, Planetel in Tanzania became the first African service provider to offer the Iridium satellite telephone system, which makes it possible to communicate from nearly anywhere on earth using a handheld wireless phone. The system combines worldwide coverage by 66 low-earth orbit satellites... 

South Africa’s first satellite talks back

By: System Author     16th April 1999 History was recorded last month when two radio amateurs made voice contact through South Africa’s first satellite, Sunsat. Professor Garth Milne in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, contacted Professor Hans van de Groenendaal in Hillcrest, Kwazulu-Natal. The voice quality was good and the signal... 

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... 

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... 

Engineer coins winning design

By: System Author     16th April 1999 COMPUTER engineer and coin designer Luc Luycx of Dendermonde, Belgium, produced the winning design for the new euro coin. He created a series of coins in CorelDraw and submitted them to a contest for the design of the euro. The coins will be introduced to the world in 2000 as the euro becomes the... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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,... 

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... 

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... 

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’.... 

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... 

65-million customers sign up

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Worldwide, 65-million customers signed up for global systems mobile (GSM) communications last year. This almost doubled the previous year’s total, and GSM now accounts for 45% of the global wireless market. There are now 135-million GSM customers throughout the world. Vodacom’s... 

Fully automated factory for the United States

By: System Author     16th April 1999 GLOBAL industrial automation software supplier USDATA Corporation has implemented manufacturing software at its plant in Seattle as part of a drive to fully automate its production processes. The company has demonstrated the total integration of a factory – from the plant floor up through... 

Telkom prepares itself for listing on JSE

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The South African government, through its Department of Communications, is in the early stages of investigating an initial public offering (IPO) which could result in its listing of Telkom on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as early as next year. However, observers suggest the process could take... 

New bidder for fixed-line network no 2

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Telecom provider to Transnet, Transtel might become a legal entity in its own right by the end of the year, Transtel transmission networks CEO Michael Nuttall tells Engineering News. “If we are to become involved in a second fixed-line telecom network, we will have to become a legal entity... 

Agricultural Gis system on the cards

By: System Author     9th April 1999 An initiative to estab- lish an agricultural geographic information system (Agis) for South Africa has seen a funding proposal for phase two of the development being submitted to the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology’s (Dacst) Innovation Fund. This follows the... 

Valves for water, effluent services

By: System Author     9th April 1999 INNOVATIVE valves for water and effluent services have been released by BTR Flow Control of Jet Park, Gauteng. Effluents can contain chemicals which could cause corrosion problems in valves. To overcome corrosion, metal piping and valve systems often have to use special alloys, which are very... 

R25m motor dealership for Roodepoort

By: System Author     9th April 1999 CONSTRUCTION of a R25-million Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Colt franchise dealership in Roodepoort is at an advanced stage. The dealership, which is set to become the hub of the vehicle sales and spares industry in the city, will occupy more than 3 000 m2 of space and will incorporate new and used... 

Oz research gets to bottom of effluent irrigation

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Alarmed at the pollution of their rivers, oceans and lakes, Australian communities are increasingly demanding the disposal of sewage effluent on land – but this can cause equally serious environmental problems, a leading Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)... 

R350m convention centre on track

By: System Author     9th April 1999 The construction programme for the development of what is believed to be South Africa’s largest conference facility, the R350-million Sandton convention centre, is running on schedule. A R200-million building contract for the construction of the new facility for Tsogo Sun was awarded by... 

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... 

Aussie model for SA small business

By: System Author     9th April 1999 IN March the National Small Business Regulatory Review advisory board tabled a discussion paper on the legal and regulatory problems that hamper growth and development of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) and in this regard an Australian reform model is being adapted for South Africa. A... 

SA must embrace biotechnology – Erwin

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Despite clear potential for the development of a thriving local biotechnology sector, which could be as far-reaching as the advent of information technology, South Africa remains a poor performer in this regard. This was the view of Trade and Industries Minister Alec Erwin in a keynote speech... 

Enviro-hazard removed from plastic

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A new worldwide patented technology developed by a South African company cleans and separates granulated polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyethylene contaminated with copper or aluminium. Kew Polymers, in Wynberg, Gauteng, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kew Cables, which supplies electrical cables... 

 

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