Shaping the future of satcoms

14 April 2021

Satellite has attracted many favourable column inches of late. From Starlink, SpaceX’s much-hyped satellite internet service to China’s mission to dominate space internet, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the technology is going through a renaissance. Indeed, the opportunities afforded by this method of communication is moving at speed in military and defence applications and broadband IP services, to name a few. However, the challenge has been that these advancements have coincided with performance gains enjoyed by other telecommunications systems.

So, with satellite having long been viewed as a technology belonging to a different era, is it  going to be playing catch up for a long time?

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Introducing the critical comms column

14 April 2021

Mladen Vratonjic, chair, The Critical Communications Association (TCCA)

Mladen Vratonjic, chair, The Critical Communications Association (TCCA)

How would you define critical communications? There are many instances where needing to communicate is important. But truly mission critical communications can mean the difference between life or death. 

This is the first in a series of articles where we will take a look at the critical communications landscape around the world, how it is evolving to meet the changing needs of the end-users, and the huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes – largely carried out by volunteers – to ensure that critical communications networks are robust, reliable, resilient and secure. It is those networks that support, amongst others, our first responders - the police, medical and fire and rescue services that we rely on to help us in a crisis and keep us safe.

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ATU partners with Ericsson to improve connectivity

14 April 2021

The African Telecommunications Union has joined forces with Swedish gear-maker Ericsson to validate a set of recommendations that will help African countries accelerate broadband connectivity, including 5G, across their territories. 

These tools, approved by 25 countries and representatives of regional economic blocs in Africa, will guide the beneficiaries in the rational and efficient management of the telecom spectrum, which is the key element for the development of broadband.

“Radio spectrum is a natural, scarce, and valuable resource that is currently being used for a wide range of applications, providing many economic and social benefits in the continent,” said John Omo, ATU secretary-general.

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Ghana’s Telecom and IT Professionals Union in court over strike action

14 April 2021

An Accra High Court has granted an interim injunction on the strike action embarked upon by members of the Telecom and IT Professionals Union (TIP), according to local media reports.

Judges gave the order following an application filed by MP Infrastructure (GH) Limited, Linfra Ghana and Remie Ghana, employers of the telecom workers.

TIP began the strike on Monday, March 15 in protest of poor conditions of service.

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