The millimetre bands are useless! Are they?

From the dawn of radio by Marconi and others, some segments of the radio spectrum were declared of no real value. The high frequency (HF) bands (shortwave) first earned this “useless position” because long and medium waves were considered the only frequencies of value. Then, radio amateurs pioneered international communications on shortwave and before long […]

Emerging technology: Conversational user interfaces

While most of us dislike talking to machines, the era of conversational user interfaces is here. How often don’t we mutter “I really would like to speak to a real person.” Well, don’t be surprised if the answer comes back, “I maybe a bot but I can answer your questions and solve your problems. Try […]

Compromising on software outsourcing may lead to disaster

It remains a mystery at the heart of Boeing’s 737 Max crisis, how a company renowned for meticulous design, made seemingly basic software mistakes leading to two deadly crashes. Peter Robison at Bloomberg recently wrote “Longtime Boeing engineers say the effort was complicated by a push to outsource work to lower-paid contractors. The Max software, […]

High demand spectrum policy – WOAN stays, 5G on hold

Government remains married to the Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN) despite the opposition it received from all quarters when the concept was first published in the National Integrated ICT Policy White paper in 2016. The WOAN concept has, to date, not been successfully implemented anywhere in the world and countries like Australia and Russia abandoned […]