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Information Technology News

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Academy maintains 100% success rate

By: System Author     9th April 1999 South Africa ranked a lowly seventh on the list of most competitive African countries, stated Anglo American Industrial Corporation chairperson Leslie Boyd at the graduation ceremony of the African Academy for Cadd Training last month. He pointed out that only with the invaluable input of... 

Software available for emerging contractors

By: System Author     9th April 1999 EMERGING contractors will soon be able to access vital information at the touch of a computer button through the emerging contractor development programme. The Department of Public Works has teamed up with Production Link (a division of Presslink) in an interactive multimedia programme to be... 

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... 

Legal implications of Year 2000 bug

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The legal challenges that a Year 2000 (Y2k) or millennium crisis could throw up would be as individual as each organisation, Hofmeyr Herbstein Gihwala Cluver & Walker electronic commerce department head Mark Heyink warns. “The potential problem extends much further than ensuring that the PC... 

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... 

New information and communications group

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Worldwide information technology and communications firm Siemens has launched a new group worldwide in the information and communications sphere. “By fiscal year-end 2002 Siemens Information and Communications Products (ICP) will be number one or two in South Africa in the markets that it... 

Getting the IT brew right

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 As it expands into Eastern Europe South African Breweries (SAB) International is utilising business enterprise software from SAP to enhance its global competitiveness. SAB International has invested in a multimillion-rand international SAP enterprise software licence and will standardise on this... 

New computer database launched

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The latest version of Oracle’s databases, Oracle 8i, was launched in South Africa this month. The platform represents the latest generation of the world’s leading databases and is reportedly the first designed specifically to be an Internet development, deployment and management... 

R21bn in black-empowerment trade

By: System Author     26th March 1999 R21-billion-worth of transactions in black-empowerment deals have been undertaken in 1998, reports Business Map, in this year’s black economic empowerment review. Business Map CEO Jenny Carghill said at the launch of the company’s 1999 publication, held in Johannesburg in March, that... 

R7-million contract to automate gold-mine

By: System Author     26th March 1999 An estimated R7-million three- year contract for the automation of a Free State gold-mine, has been awarded to automation, control and data-acquisition specialist Systems Automation & Management (SAM) of Petervale, Gauteng, Engineering News has learnt. It is believed that the company was awarded... 

Launch of integrated messaging system

By: System Author     26th March 1999 An integraded fax and e-mail messaging system has been launched by telecom company Orion Telecom to provide users with cost-effective messaging solutions. Known as eM@X, the system allows a single message to be fully personalised (mail-merged) and broadcast from a standard PC to any number of fax... 

Company steels itself for outsourced inspection

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Telecom-infrastructure company Brolaz Projects, of Gauteng, has outsourced steelwork inspections to local government-approved inspection authority Innovative Inspection Services (IIS) of Midrand. Brolaz is a turnkey service company supplying infrastructure for telecom projects, including the... 

South Africa lacks telecom standards

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Telecom is the fastest-growing industry in the world, but in South Africa there is currently no formal body for the generation of training standards for the industry. The field of telecom is a wide and technologically-skilled field, where technology changes at such a rapid rate that there are... 

R1-million control software for smelter

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Industrial automation software distributor Futuristix Advanced Control Systems has been subcontracted by Keops Isis, an industrial information systems consultancy, for the supply of Wonderware software for the Mozal project. Futuristix was, in fact, awarded the almost R1-million contract in... 

New philosophy takes root in process control

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The industrial marketplace is getting selective in its choice of process control information-management systems, and there is a move away from the procurement of a packaged system, argues Xycom chairperson Roger Girdler. He explains that this trend is due to clients being more knowledgeable about... 

Power-quality monitoring system

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Engineering software solution provider TLC Software has installed an electrical-power quality-monitoring system at Columbus Stainless, Middelburg, on the main incoming electrical supply from Eskom. Columbus Stainless team manager Frikkie Jordaan explains how it has lost thousands of rands because... 

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