Telkom CEO warns MTN and Vodacom to stop hurting SA

  by Hans van de Groenedaal, features editor, EngineerIT In an open letter published in the weekend media, Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko urged MTN and Vodacom to stop hurting South Africa. This follows legal action by Vodacom and Cell after ICASA published new call termination rates which will favour Telkom Mobile and Cell C. The two companies’ […]

Write a letter to EngineerIT, win a prize

  Letters to the editor expressing views, comment and opinion on relevant topics, and or responding to articles or letters previously published, are welcome and highly valued. Send your letter to the editor either by completing and submitting the form below, or simply email your letter to the editor of EngineerIT at engineerit@ee.co.za. Letters should […]

“Parting of the clouds” to be a major trend in 2014

  by Jay Kidd, NetApp The author gives his predictions for 2014 and the trends that will impact the industry including flash, cloud, and software-defined storage. Jay Kidd. He also takes a look back at 2013 and the predictions that came true. The key themes that will emerge in the upcoming year include the “parting […]

Virtual panel discussion – ISA 100 and WirelessHART

  by Hans van de Groenendaal, EngineerIT Currently there are two industrial wireless communication standards, ISA 100 and WirelessHART with varying support for each one. There have been efforts to develop a common standard but some believe that newer versions of ISA 100 obviate the need for WirelessHART. Recently Tim Bourke, Honeywell Analytics, UK said […]

In conversation with Prof. Saurabh Sinha, University of Johannesburg

  Hans van de Groenendaal in conversation with Prof. Saurabh Sinha, UJ Hans van de Groenendaal in conversation with Prof. Saurabh Sinha, executive dean, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg. They discussed the need to challenge the corporate framework to achieve the ultimate goal: industry and universities need to work in […]

EngineerIT Inbox, February 2014

  The February 2014 letters page looked at the issues of cybercrime in South Africa and copper theft. Winning letter to the editor: Recognition of cybercrime by South African SMEs Dear Editor Cybercrime in South Africa is at crisis levels, costing the economy billions of rands. Financial loss estimates that are reported in the media are […]

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 […]