ICASA IMT roadmap a leap forward in the spectrum debacle

  The publication of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) roadmap for radio frequency spectrum for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) for comment has been welcomed by many of the vendors of telecommunication equipment and some South African telcos. They said it was a great leap forward.  It is significant that ICASA has followed […]

Draft “drone” regulations under discussion at CARCom

  The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) tabled the draft regulations on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) before the Civil Aviation Regulations Committee (CARCom) on 3 September 2014, and further discussions will take place during September. At a UAS regulations making workshop held on 14 and 15 August 2014, the SACAA’s General Manager for Aircraft […]

Pointing a laser at aircraft may be fun but it is dangerous

  Pointing a laser beam into the sky is a dangerous game. It could hit the cockpit screen of an aircraft and cause flash blindness. That is exactly what happened to flight SA419 on Sunday night of 31 August 2014 when the cockpit crew were blinded by a laser beam. The pilot was preparing to […]

HD voice hits South Africa

  Users can now enjoy high quality, high definition cellphone calls.  MTN is the first operator in South Africa to launch adaptive multi-rate wideband (AMR-WB) technology – more commonly referred to as high definition voice (HD voice). HD voice is available across MTN’s 3G network nationally, provided you use a cellphone supporting  AMR-WB to run […]

Albert van Jaarsveld – loss for NRF, win for UKZN

  The CEO of the National Research Foundation (NRF), Dr. Albert van Jaarsveld, will be taking up the position of vice-chancellor and principal at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). This is a loss for the NRF, but a great win for UKZN. It comes shortly after his reappointment as the NRF’s CEO for a second five-year […]

Video: UJ’s Ilanga II solar race car launched

  The University of Johannesburg’s Solar Team launched its Ilanga II solar race car on 5 August in anticipation of the biennial Sasol Solar Challenge. The eight-day challenge (27 September to 4 October 2014), starts in Johannesburg, passes through Port Elizabeth and finishes in Cape Town. South African universities and other local solar teams will compete […]

Tellumat and gaming company GPI form joint venture in electronic manufacturing

  The JSE-listed investment and empowerment group Grand Parade Investments (GPI) has entered into a manufacturing joint venture with electronics contract manufacturer Tellumat, in terms of which GPI will acquire 51% of the new  company, Grand Tellumat Manufacturing, with Tellumat owning the balance of 49%. The transaction is a merger of the engineering skills and […]

Great expectations as SATNAC 2014 explores ubiquitous broadband

  When SATNAC 2014 opens its doors in Port Elizabeth on 1 September delegates will be in for an interesting few days as the presenters and panellists will focus on ubiquitous broadband as an enabler to transform the lives of ordinary South Africans.  The conference theme is “Ubiquitous Broadband – an enabler to transform lives”. […]

ICASA: President Zuma has stopped thinking – it’s the new all-in-one DoC

  The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) now has a home in the new Department of Communications (DoC). This was confirmed in a proclamation published in the Government Gazette  on 15 July 2014. The communications industry can still not get its head around the thinking of the President Jacob Zuma and his cabinet […]

Satellite imagery of Flight MH17’s crash site in eastern Ukraine

  DigitalGlobe has captured satellite imagery of the crash site of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine. The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200, was on a scheduled flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. It was carrying a total number of 295 people – comprising 283 passengers and 15 crew members. On 22 July 2014, the […]