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Technology & Communications News

Business as usual as Mozal goes on-line

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Mozal 

New Web-based cellphone launched

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Accessing the Internet with a cellphone will be possible this Christmas in South Africa. 

Telecom firm eyes acquisitions

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Following its acquisition of a 60% stake in Intertech Systems for an undisclosed sum last week, turnkey telecommunication firm Ikwezi is looking towards procuring further companies as part of its growth strategy. 

Improved technology urged for third cell licence

By: System Author     10th December 1999 The bidder for the third cellular licence must focus on technology and not call-rates to secure itself a place in a market dominated by two well-developed companies. 

Telecom group has African aspirations

By: System Author     10th December 1999 As part of its strategy to be the leading communications group within Africa, M-Cell has set about acquiring strategic acquisitions to provide a full spectrum of communications services. 

Bot model penetrating technology sector

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 A viable alternative for technology-based projects can be formulated around the build-operate-transfer model. 

Plastic pallets challenge wooden rivals

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Developments to Watch 

Smart gun prototype to be ready by March

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 The South African consortium developing a revolutionary intelligent firearm plans to have a prototype, capable of being demonstrated on a firing-range, ready by March next year. 

Second SA satellite needs govt support

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 The development and launching of a second South African satellite, to follow and supplement the highly- successful Sunsat 1 micro-satellite currently in orbit, is dependent upon the governments financial support. 

Israel places SA on its technology radar

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Slightly smaller than the Kruger National Park and with a population of only 6-million people, Israel is among the world leaders in telecommunications and information technology. 

World sinking its teeth into wireless tech

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 The world is moving towards a wireless domain where electronic devices, such as a camera, home-alarm system or even an oven can be operated remotely and even over the Internet. 

Value-added services essential for wireless telephony

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Wireless telephony service providers will have to focus their efforts on providing value-added services and not only basic telephony services if they intend to remain competitive in the new millennium. 

Developments in telecommunications

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Hitech Briefs 

Fruit exports get a fresh software boost

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 South African fruit exporters wanting to continue their penetration of export markets will have the option of using new software specifically designed for the management of fresh-produce distribution. 

The cellular phone debate radiates on

By: System Author     26th November 1999 Tech Track 

‘Bonjour’ to visiting French scientists

By: System Author     26th November 1999 Local scientists were introduced to CSIR’s French equivalent, the CNRS and its methods of encouraging research co-operation between itself, industry and academic institutions last month. 

SA firm in ‘armour-plated’ global deal

By: System Author     26th November 1999 South African-based defence company Vickers OMC has become the design, development and manufacturing centre for wheeled armoured fighting vehicles for the Vickers group worldwide. 

Puzzle, Western Cape

By: System Author     26th November 1999 A puzzle, which combines the obsession with computer viruses 

SA set to toy around with new ‘virus’

By: System Author     26th November 1999 A locally-invented ‘virus’ is set to be released into the international toy industry. This new virus is an ingenious puzzle, which can be beaten – although it might drain your brain and drive you crazy. 

New uses for computational fluid dynamics

By: System Author     26th November 1999 Defence technology in the form of computational fluid dynamics is used increasingly in industry to assist in the design of various equipment, as well as solving different flow problems. 

Towards third-generation cellular telephony

By: System Author     26th November 1999 Hitech Briefs 

Brazilians look to outer space

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Before the end of this month, Brazil hopes to have taken the latest and biggest step in its developing space programme – the launching of a Brazilian research satellite by a Brazilian rocket. 

New down-to-earth satellite applications

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Satellite technology is generally regarded as high-tech, but it can also be used for down-to-earth applications such as agriculture, infrastructure planning, road planning, fishing and exploration. 

Info security must be dealt with at top level

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Information security needs to become the concern of management and be viewed as a business issue rather than an information technology one. 

State power utility demonstrates that it is up to Y2K challenge

By: System Author     19th November 1999 As the new millennium looms ever nearer, State power utility Eskom has announced that it has completed the necessary testing to ensure its Y2K compliance. 

Gambling, movie booking from your phone

By: System Author     19th November 1999 The future of telecommunications services in South Africa presents a whole new picture in terms of user patterns and operators’ areas of expertise. 

Advances in the telecommunications sector

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Hitech Briefs 

Was this Oz’s secret weapon?

By: System Author     12th November 1999 A robot called Tron-X was designed and built by Festo in Australia in 1997 and put on display in Cape Town at the end of October. 

Single national database for SA research

By: System Author     12th November 1999 A new focal area in ecological research whereby all research results obtained in South Africa will be combined into a single national as well as international database. 

New innovation-support scheme launched

By: System Author     12th November 1999 South Africa has a new programme to promote innovation in industry. 

‘Time travel’ shows air control Y2K compliance

By: System Author     12th November 1999 A R13-million Y2K efficiency programme to get the Air Traffic and Navigation Services company’s systems ready for the turn of the millennium. 

Data warehousing gains popularity in IT age

By: System Author     12th November 1999 Warehousing & Storage 

Welding engineering, IT and the Internet

By: System Author     12th November 1999 Hitech Briefs 

Technology key to Telkom competitiveness

By: System Author     12th November 1999 Various new technologies are being implemented by telecommunications provider Telkom to ensure that it will be world competitive at the end of its exclusivity period in 2002. 

R&D increasingly the key to sucess or failure

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Electronics 

Car-maker’s expansion is on cruise control

By: System Author     5th November 1999 German Contribution to South Africa 

New internet-based service launched

By: System Author     5th November 1999 An Internet-based service to facilitate the commercial penetration of Italian companies in South Africa has been launched by C United Companies. 

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