Considerations for critical broadband device procurement

01 February 2023

Tim Clark,
TCCA Board member

Tim Clark,
TCCA Board member

Today’s mission-critical user devices are still mostly built on narrowband technologies such as TETRA and provide mission-critical voice and short messaging services. These services are often available within nationwide network coverage, utilising dedicated frequency bands. The narrowband critical communications device ecosystem is well established, including infrastructure and terminal suppliers, system integrators, service providers and resellers. From a device procurement perspective, there are existing frame agreements in place. The solution costs are well known, device lifecycles are long, and there are no major changes in the product specifications. Finally, TCCA’s TETRA interoperability (IOP) process allows for multi-vendor procurement.

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UPSs – an important business consideration

30 January 2023

George Senzere, solutions engineering manager, Schneider Electric

George Senzere, solutions engineering manager, Schneider Electric

South Africa is currently plagued by a fragile power grid that is putting tremendous pressure on business and the local economy. And the (unfortunate) reality is this will remain the status quo for the foreseeable future.

However, it is not only the lack of power supply that is impacting businesses but also grid instability that leads to surges, spikes and brown outs which can all severely damage costly equipment and impact business continuity.

Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) solutions have become a well-established part of local organisations and households’ efforts to create some form of energy supply normality in times of load shedding and other interruptions.

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Ericsson’s Fida Kibbi sheds light on sustainability

23 January 2023

Fida Kibbi

Fida Kibbi, Ericsson

We caught up with Fida Kibbi, Ericsson’s vice president and Head of Marketing, Communications and Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility for the Middle East and Africa (MEA), at the AfricaTech Festival in Cape Town, and asked her about Ericsson’s sustainability agenda for Africa, given that sustainability is no longer a buzzword but a requirement for preserving our planet and future generations, in light of recent events, including the pandemic, a raging energy crisis, and the effects of climate change.

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What can the global mobile industry learn from Africa?

16 December 2022

The mobile industry has advanced in leaps and bounds across the African continent. By adoption mobile technology later than much of the world, Africa has been able to leapfrog some challenges, and learn from our mistakes. So, what can the rest of the world learn from Africa? Waheed Adam, chairperson, iTouch, reports

Mobile industry insights company Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA) predicts that Africa will have 120 million new mobile subscribers by 2025, taking the total number of subscribers to 615 million, some 50% of the region’s population. While the continent as a whole has been behind the technology adoption curve, the advent of cheap mobile devices has allowed Africans to transition straight into a mobile-first economy.

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