SAIMC Johannesburg branch talks IIoT

The Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC) Johannesburg branch monthly technical evening took place on 14 March at the Bryanston Sports Club. Anne de Beer welcomed the guests to her first event since taking up the position of Johannesburg branch chairperson, replacing Mike Banda. The well-attended event was hosted by RJ Connect, featuring […]

#DataCostDebate gives lessons for operators

The #DataCostDebate round table recently arranged by the Mail&Guardian and ICASA did little to develop a way forward to achieve data cost reduction. It was, however, an important lesson for mobile operators, who were accused of not communicating enough. It was said that when they do communicate, they create more confusion for customers who are […]

Obituary: Brian Seligmann

Brian Seligmann, experienced telecoms professional and industry veteran, recently passed away in a domestic accident at his home on 11 March. Seligmann graduated with a BSc in electronic engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 1980, and received his Master’s in applied robotics from Canterbury University in 1999. He was an early member of the Transvaal Amateur […]

Controversial bill back for discussion

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) and industry stakeholders met in early March 2018 in a stakeholder consultation workshop. DTPS director general, Robert Nkuna, said that one of the main reasons for public consultation was to assess socio-economic benefits of the Electronic Communications Amendment (ECA) Bill and evaluate which proposals are workable. “At […]

Draft mobile regulations “too mobile-centric”

Several respondents at the hearing on the Draft End-User and Subscriber Service Charter told told the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) that its draft regulations are too mobile-centric and do not cater for companies that provide mobile internet services. The hearings were held on 1 and 2 March 2018 to discuss the draft […]

Exhibitions company celebrates 50 years

This is an exciting time in South Africa’s history to be celebrating 50 years of achievement and success. So says Gary Corin, Managing Director of Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery at the company’s recent 50th anniversary celebration. Speaking at the celebratory event, attended by industry partners, exhibitors, suppliers, and media, among others, Corin said that this country has entered […]

Alternative local ICT solutions discussed

The term “underground” conjures up the feeling of something not quite acceptable, but this was not the case with the recent MyBroadband Underground Mobile Networking conference. The event might have been looking for a catchy word for “alternative”, and that is exactly what it was. The conference subjects covered interesting alternatives to the everyday mobile […]