IT must up its delivery to stay relevant

  Research reveals a five month gap between business demands and IT delivery.  This misalignment within businesses hampers innovation, productivity and competitive edge. IT departments must up their delivery if they want to stay relevant. VMware’s research findings released at the recent VM Forum showed that almost two-thirds (65%) of IT decision makers in Europe, […]

ICASA kills industry’s hope for E-band

  At WAPA’s Future of Wireless Technology Forum there was hope that a regulatory framework could soon be in place for E and H millimetre bands. ICASA councillor, William Stucke showed his support for this in the opening presentation, but the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)’s management dealt a blow to this notion […]

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 […]