Serious penalties for ignorance

  Many of these applications still in the market today have been developed using technologies that are long past their “sell-by” date. They are not only unstable, but also susceptible to corruption. A good example is Visual Basic version 6, a programming language where Microsoft ended mainstream support for it nearly 10 years ago is […]

Carrier WiFi and WiFi offload: a telecoms business opportunity?

  Worldwide WiFi deployment reached a total of 4,2-million hotspots in 2013, and  it  is forecast to continue to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 15,0% between now and 2018, to exceed 10,5-million. In South Africa the picture is very different but WiFi is set for exponential growth.  However, lack of spectrum remains […]

The role of engineers and the technical media in civil society

  This paper was presented on 6 April 2014 by Chris Yelland, managing director at EE Publishers, at the Civilution Congress 2014 held at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa, from 6 to 8 April 2014. Background to the prevailing environment First some background on the prevailing environment in which we find ourselves as engineers […]

Mobile termination rates all at sea!

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT ICASA did not follow the rules… but the South Gauteng High Court has allowed lower asymmetrical mobile termination rates to be implemented for six months. Lower rates are in the public interest, says the judge! On Monday 31 March 2014 the South Gauteng High Court ruled that […]

Death of the CIO?

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT I will give chief information officers (CIOs) one to two years to survive, unless they transform to take on a more business-focussed role.  – Terry White, director, CXO Advisor Terry White, director at CXO Advisor and chairman of “The future of the CIO” panel discussion held at […]

Security in SCADA systems

  by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) security is being taken more seriously, but is it still fragile? Is action required to beef up security on SCADA systems? What are the concerns? We put these and a number of other questions to a panel of industry leaders […]

When the earth moved for ICT

  by Arthur Goldstuck, WordWideWorx At the end of February 2014, the earth moved. It wasn’t a seismic event, but in the world of information and communications technology, it represented a clear movement of the tectonic plates underlying the industry. The event was Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, which has long been a focal […]