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 […]

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’ […]

“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 […]