Q&A

Q&A

13 May 2022

Richard Jacklin, director of sales, ViaLite

Richard Jacklin, director of sales, ViaLite

What was your big career break?

When I became a ghostbuster and I don’t really believe in ghosts! My career was going along quite nicely; apprenticeship, degree, graduate engineering, engineering manager etc., probably similar path to many folks. One night I was watching television and a programme called “Most Haunted”, an entertainment show where ghost hunters scare themselves stupid in a spooky house, and they showed these bright white sparks being captured on video. At that time I was working on a project for a very large US automobile company and I’d invented a simple device that measured negative ion fields from electric discharge – a spark. The available negative ion detector units on the market at the time were priced at approximately $1,000, but I could produce and sell a unit for $50. I phoned up a few ghost clubs and bingo, I had the start of my own business. I ran this business for about 3 years and covered all aspects of marketing, sales, production, new product development, logistics, shipping – basically everything. 

Read the full article

RENEWABLE ENERGY

The long road to going green

11 April 2022

Energy, climate change and the environment continue to make headlines and the telecom sector is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to pollution. Robert Shepherd finds out what African telcos and towers are doing about going green

The environment is always – pardon the pun – a hot topic. From climate change and the filth that we continue to pump into the air, to tenacious campaigners gluing themselves to trains, there’s always something to furrow the global brow.

Read the full article

ONTHENETWORK

Mobile broadband for all: what we’ve learned over the past two years

06 April 2022

The Covid-19 pandemic that began in 2020 was a destructive force that irrevocably changed the way we live and work. However, it was also a catalyst for something we didn’t expect for a few more years, writes Nora Wahby vice president and head of Ericsson west Africa & Morocco

It was an almost surreal experience visiting the Mobile World Congress in person for the first time since 2019. That’s because things have developed in a way that we could not anticipate. When we look down the line two-years-ago, we did not expect a pandemic to occur in the way it did and the incredible impact it has had on our day-to-day.

Read the full article

FEATURE: SATELLITE

Is the ‘space race’ real? If so, how long will it continue?

02 March 2022

In recent years, the night sky has changed faster than at any time in human history. But, are we really at the dawn of a space race and will the trend continue in 2022 and beyond? By Robert Shepherd

Readers of a certain age will remember a very different “Space Race” from their youth. You know, the 20th-century competition between Cold War adversaries the United States and what was then the Soviet Union to achieve superior spaceflight capability? For younger readers, the two superpowers were racing to put the first man in space and on the moon.

Read the full article