Q&A Ask an expert: field device organisations’ merger

The Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation have signed a memorandum of understanding for a possible merger of the two organisations. This proposed merger is still in the exploratory phase and is not yet guaranteed. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the merger. The Fieldbus Foundation Southern Africa Marketing Committee (FFSAMC) is […]

Home or away? Is off-shore better?

  by Stephen Sher, Cirtech Electronics “Offshore” means China. When we talk about offshore manufacture, we are invariably talking about China and possibly Singapore. There are several factors to consider when looking offshore for a printed circuit board manufacturer. Essentially they amount to cost, manageability, reliability and safety of intellectual property. Through an economy of […]

In conversation with Dr Stephen Mncube

Hans van de Groenendaal in conversation with Dr. Stephen Mncube, chairman of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). Dr. Stephen Mncube When I first interviewed Dr. Stephen Mncube some two years ago he had just been appointed chairman of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and was settling in. When we […]

Is fibre-to-the-home for the elite only?

by  Hans vd Groenendaal Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) is currently a serious discussion point in many sectors of the communications industry in South Africa. We all know that it is costly, particularly for a widespread population. Tim Parle, BMI-T Dobek Pater, Africa Analysis Juanita Clark, FTTH Council Africa Reshaad Sha, Dark Fibre Africa Michael Colin, BitCo Johan […]

Tshwane Metro metering contract branded “blatantly corrupt”

by Chris Yelland CEng, investigative editor, EE Publishers On 5 December 2013, Afrikaans business rights watchdog organisation, AfriSake, initiated court proceedings to prevent a contract between the City of Tshwane (Pretoria) and private service provider PEU Capital Partners (Pty) Ltd (PEU) from proceeding. The contract, with service fees to PEU estimated to be in excess […]

Software defined everything

by Grant Vine, Cybervine IT Solutions The buzz around software defined storage; networking and security are sparking new concerns in businesses. Grant Vine The terms software defined storage (SDS), software defined networking (SDN) and even software defined security and firewalls are being bandied around a great deal lately, sparking concern among those who aren’t clear […]

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