LTE Emergency Services Network to be launched in phases

07 March 2019

GREAT BRITAIN - The UK Government has decided on what it described as a “new strategic direction” for an LTE-based Emergency Services Network (ESN) that should have begun to be deployed last year.

In 2015, it was announced that the TETRA communications system used by the UK’s emergency services and supplied by Motorola Solutions and Airwave would be replaced with a mobile-based communications network that uses LTE (see World News, Jan-Feb 2016). 

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Unique comms platform for emergency rescues

07 March 2019

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea’s largest telco, KT, has unveiled a next-generation platform for disaster and safety management, in its latest effort to pioneer new businesses with its 5G and comms technologies.

Called SKYSHIP, the platform operates a special aircraft and a mobile communication centre to remotely control drones and robots that carry out search and rescue operations. Teams on the ground are also assisted with AR glasses that have a direct line of communication to doctors at nearby hospitals.

The SKYSHIP platform features a special aircraft and a mobile communication centre to remotely control drones and robots that carry out search and rescue operations.

The SKYSHIP platform features a special aircraft and a mobile communication centre to remotely control drones and robots that carry out search and rescue operations.

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Infinidat appoints Pinnacle as primary distributer

06 March 2019

Infinidat, the software-centric data storage solutions firm, has appointed ICT distribution company, Pinnacle, as its primary distributor in South Africa. 

Infinidat, which is based in both the US and Israel, plans to grow its customer base in South Africa, as well as enable Tier 1 enterprise customers to leverage its proposition of “high availability, high performance” and the lowest possible TCO at multi-petabyte scale. 

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African telecoms giants choose Hughes JUPITER service

06 March 2019

Three African telecoms companies have chosen US firm Hughes Network Systems to power delivery of satellite broadband services.  

Botswana Telecommunications, Satcom Networks Africa (SatCoNet) and an undisclosed East African firm have all signed up to the Hughes JUPITER system. 

The former is using the system to expand its high-speed business broadband service in Botswana, with the first phase of deployment to include hundreds of remote terminals connecting businesses and homes.

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