EngineerIT features: Telecommunications and Broadcasting


January: Fibre technology: Gpon, FTTx, dark fibre; last mile technologies; construction of fibre systems

Fibre rings and long-haul fibre networks; optical networks; gated community fibre networks; fibre to anywhere (FTTx); termination of fibre; installation challenges and solutions.

February: Wireless communication technology; mobile broadband; LTE, LTE Advanced, 5G, WiFi and WiMAX; mobile networks for IoT

Wireless communication technology; mobile broadband, LTE, LTE advanced, 5G and WiFi developments; automatic hand-over between systems and billing issues; mobile offload to WiFi; WiMAX; signal extenders, and antennas for mobile applications; IoT applications served by short-range radio technologies such as WiFi and Bluetooth; wide area networks (WANs) facilitated by cellular networks; alternative methods of transferring data.

March: Fixed-line broadband; ADSL, VDSL, CDMA, PLT, fibre and satellites

Fixed-line broadband; ADSL and VDSL; satellites for rural fixed-lines; VSAT for backhauling; overcoming latency in satellite internet and internet networks; satellite antennas, dishes, patch antennas, receivers and terminal equipment.

April: Virtual PBX, VoIP and VoIP CPE; virtual contact centres; BYOD and SYOD

New opportunities in IP networks for customer premises equipment; virtual contact centres; virtual PBX and other IP-driven devices; voice services over data connections; mobile money; location services and mapping; securing the network to implement BYOD (bring your own device) and SYOD (select your own device).

May: Telepresence, teleconferencing, video and audio conferencing; video streaming; video security and remote monitoring (CCTV) broadcasting

Interoperability between systems, PC-based high-definition teleconferencing systems; conference bridges and public services; mobile conferencing applications; emerging technologies for business video streaming; telepresence service centres; video security and remote monitoring (CCTV); digital radio mondiale for AM and shortwave; DAB digital radio; studio and sound equipment; digital terrestrial TV (DTT).

June: Two-way radio, underground mine communications; towers, antennas and masts

Developments in the two-way radio market; TETRA, IDAS, D-Star, DMR and other digital systems; push-to-talk cell phone applications; ancillary equipment including base stations, vehicle antennas and hands-free systems; towers and masts; wayleaves and other environmental issues; rapid deployment policies.

July: Cable technologies; fibre optic and sub-marine cables; FTTH; dark fibre; cable testing and maintenance

Fibre optic cables and accessories; dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM); fibre to the home (FTTH); dark fibre; passive optical networks; international sub-marine cables; sub-marine cable technology and repeaters; optic cable laying, commissioning, testing and maintenance.

August: Data centres; connectivity and cloud operations; hosting and outsourcing data storage and management

Vendor-neutral data centres; data hosting options – complete or partial outsourcing; service benefits and economic issues of outsourcing; application of software protocol; data farms, data centre cooling, racking, cabling, connectors; UPSs, DC power supplies, battery technology, renewable and other power supply systems, and back-up generator technology; equipment compatibility and standards; installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance procedures.

September: Microwave systems for point-to-point private networks; cellular back-haul; new communication systems; rural communications, millimetre wave communications

Point-to-point microwave systems; microwave in back-haul applications; deployment of E and V band equipment for 4G and 5G base station interconnectivity; antennas and new technologies on a low budget; antennas, transmitters and receivers; power and bandwidth issues; frequency allocation issues; regulation, competition and licensing; rural telecommunications.

October: Lightning and surge protection for telecommunications; network test equipment and configuration; broadcasting

A comprehensive approach to total protection – protection against lightning, under-voltages, over-voltages, spikes, dips and other variable line conditions; networks: configuring networks; automated network testing; network test systems and equipment; broadcasting: internet radio technologies, set top boxes, digital television and radio.

Nov/Dec: Moving into the cloud; selecting a cloud service provider, encryption

Moving into the cloud and selecting the right mixture of public cloud, private or hybrid cloud, selecting a cloud provider, encryption methods and security issues; regulatory challenges and regulations, including the POPI Act.