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Gijima partners with MobileIron for the provision of enterprise mobile device security

By admin, 15 listopada, 2011, No Comment

Gijima signs the first deal of its kind in South Africa to address major cocerns for CIOs within the enterpise space

Gijima is the first South African firm to partner officially with MobileIron, a US company that provides mobile device management and security to large corporates. The partnership gives Gijima the capability to provide enterprise mobile device management and security solutions to its clients. MobileIron solutions are designed to assist clients to better manage the ever-increasing integration of smart-phones and tablets into company networks. These are devices running on Apple iOS, BlackBerry OS, Windows Mobile, Symbian, WindowsPhone 7 and Google’s Android mobile operating systems.

Gijima CEO Jonas Bogoshi explains: “These devices and technologies are rapidly gaining adoption in enterprise environments. Gijima has partnered with MobileIron to deliver mobile management and security technology to enterprise customers, as part of Gijima’s Enterprise Mobile Management Framework. MobileIron’s solutions help enterprises gain insight and visibility into data that is running on the various mobile devices of employees, enabling security, compliance, information management and cost control.”

Gijima’s experience in this space, its understanding of the risks organisations face in the area of mobile technology , and its relationships with leading solution providers, such as MobileIron, position’s Gijima  to be the partner of choice.

Corporate Chief Information Officers (CIO’s) are facing a growing challenge as business data moves to smartphone and tablet technology being brought into the workplace environment by employees who use these devices as business tools. The introduction of smartphone and tablet devices in the corporate space poses new risks for businesses, and in particular the managers of IT tasked with managing these devices. The problem does not stop at only managing the devices through configuring user access to the corporate domain and access to email and the internet. The risk is losing sensitive company information that could be stored on the devices and there’s also the challenge of incorporating these devices into the work environment.

With the proliferation of multiple operating systems and devices, companies and managers of IT must have a strategy in place to ensure that control and governance can be applied to devices that have access to company systems and data.

“Organisations are more susceptible than ever to security threats posed by smartphones and other mobile computing devices,” says Bob Tinker, CEO of MobileIron. “Gijima has the knowledge and skills to help customers implement MobileIron alongside other complementary enterprise security technologies, to solve the security management challenges that organisations face from mobile devices.”

“We’re seeing a rapid increase in demand for MobileIron services from businesses throughout the world,” Tinker adds. “Enterprise mobility is exploding and the demand for our technology is growing exponentially. Gijima has a great track record and expertise with business customers and we look forward to working with the Gijima team in South Africa.”

As an authorised MobileIron partner, Gijima is able to offer enterprise class solutions and toolsets from MobileIron as part of its Enterprise Mobile Management Framework. Amongst the solutions on offer will be the following;

• Procurement
• Provisioning
• Mobile Device Management (MDM)
• Mobile Application Management (MAM)
• Mobile Service Management (MSM)
• Mobile Security Management
• Wireless Expense Management (WEM)
• End User Support
• Device Retirement/Replacement

With the MobileIron Virtual Smartphone Platform (VSP), offering consulting and implementation services from Gijima, customers will now be able to control and view user activity, device content, mobile applications and improve the overall business and user experience by providing secure and controlled access to  corporate information and systems.

The MobileIron VSP offers true mobile device management across all of the multiple mobile operating systems available on the market today; iOS, Blackberry, Android, webOS, Symbian and Windows Phone.

Gijima recently deployed MobileIron internally to secure, manage and monitor the 3,300 Apple iPads currently being distributed to all Gijima employees.

Gijima has also provided MobileIron solutions to two of the large auditing firms in Southern Africa.

Tellumat makes aggressive play for new ShoreTel resellers

By admin, 15 listopada, 2011, No Comment

Offers secret channel weapon – mobile UC from any IP PBX to the major handsets

Tellumat Communication Solutions, the SA distributor for unified communications (UC) vendor ShoreTel, is staging an aggressive channel recruitment drive coinciding with their attendance at this year’s IP Expo on 15 and 16 November.

Uptake and acclaim
Bennie Langenhoven, managing executive of Tellumat Communication Solutions, says the current channel cannot cope with the rapidly growing demand for the US-based vendor’s solutions. “ShoreTel has made inroads everywhere it has set up, and has won much acclaim.”

ShoreTel’s IP telephony and UC solutions have been cited for their plug-and-play simplicity, scalability, distributed redundancy, open integration and low total cost of ownership, he says.

Its most recent accolades include a strong positive rating in Gartner’s 2011 UC for SMBs MarketScope Report (North America) and a Nemertes Research award for “Top IPT provider among the Market Challengers”.

Service and skills
Praised also for its customer satisfaction ratings, ShoreTel places a high premium on customer service in its recruitment of partners, says Langenhoven.

In addition, partners should have strong IP voice and data skills. “You don’t have to be the biggest or the best, but we certainly want committed investment in technical skills and a strong sales team,” he says.

Channel benefits
In return, ShoreTel and Tellumat have much to offer resellers.

“There is much excitement currently around ShoreTel Mobility,” Langenhoven says. “It lets channel players offer their customers the benefits of fixed mobile convergence early on in the game, by extending UC from any vendor’s IP PBX to any of the major mobile handsets.”

• Cisco, Avaya, Aastra, Mitel and Asterisk resellers can use ShoreTel’s platform agnostic Mobility to broaden the UC value proposition of their vendor’s PBX.

• Furthermore, ShoreTel’s Fixed Mobile Convergence solution works on most major smartphones including iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows mobile and some Nokia models.

• ShoreTel-only resellers can use Mobility to get a foot in the door with competitor accounts.

In addition, ShoreTel’s pricing allows resellers to maximise margin on sales and service calls.

And finally, vendor maintenance is structured to complement that of partners, not compete, and the sales cycle offers built-in simplicity, from architecting solutions and creating quotes, to placing and tracking orders.

Calling all believers
Resellers who believe they have the converged communications skills, the resources and the commitment to tackle this exciting opportunity can approach the Tellumat stand at IP Expo for a chat and an application form.

* Tellumat is the South African distributor of ShoreTel business communication systems. The company is encountering growing opportunities for potential channel partners to take ShoreTel’s solutions to market.

HP and AMD Deliver Unmatched Performance across the Data Centre

By admin, 14 listopada, 2011, No Comment

Collaboration brings to market world’s fastest platform for database workloads and lowest-cost system for deploying virtual machines

HP today introduced HP ProLiant G7 servers featuring AMD Opteron 6200 Series processors, which can improve data center efficiency, scalability and performance up to 30 percent to support large-scale, virtualised and database workloads.

The server industry leader for the past 61 quarters, HP has launched five new industry-standard servers in its ProLiant x86 lineup: the HP ProLiant BL465c G7, HP ProLiant BL685c G7, HP ProLiant DL385 G7, HP ProLiant DL585 G7 and HP ProLiant DL165 G7.

With one of the world’s highest core densities, HP ProLiant G7 servers with AMD Opteron 6200 Series processors use 2,048 cores per rack and 33 percent more cores for highly concurrent high-performance computing workloads, to deliver up to 35 percent greater performance over legacy offerings.

The new servers also can deliver the world’s fastest dual socket database engine with up to a 40 percent improvement in throughput over the previous generations of HP ProLiant servers based on AMD Opteron processors.

To help organisations achieve the advantages of virtualisation, HP ProLiant G7 servers with AMD Opteron offer substantially lower cost per virtual machine compared to previous generations of AMD Opteron servers.

The new servers deliver return on investment in as few as 30 days by consolidating physical dual-socket servers at a ratio of 23 to 1, significantly increasing the number of virtual machines supported on a single blade platform.

“We are excited about the launch of the HP ProLiant DL385 G7 based on the AMD Opteron 6200 Series, as it will allow us to increase the density of virtual machines for our customers, while being able to dedicate processor cores for real-time applications like Microsoft Lync,” said Robert Adie, director of Digital IP, an HP customer. “Leveraging HP and AMD together allows us to meet our customer requirements by minimising the physical footprint and power requirement while hitting an aggressive price point.”

The new HP ProLiant G7 servers also include Integrated Lights-Out (iLO 3), a server management tool enabling remote monitoring for reduced maintenance costs. Additionally, the new servers offer HP Virtual Connect, enabling clients to easily connect servers and virtual machines to any network, reducing IT sprawl up to 95 percent.

“Increasing performance and data efficiency while curtailing IT sprawl, complexity and costs in the data centre continues to challenge most organisations,” said David McMurdo, Industry Standard Servers Sales and Business Unit Manager, HP South Africa.  “HP ProLiant G7 servers with AMD Opteron 6200 Series processors deliver a new level of compute density to support the most complex high-performance computing applications with fewer nodes and less power.”

Pricing and availability
Pricing and availability varies from product to product. For more information contact Andrew McNiven on +27 11 785 1000 or andrew.mcniven@hp.com
 
Additional information on HP ProLiant servers with AMD Opteron processors is available at www.hp.com/go/proliant/amd.

HP Converged Infrastructure is a key foundation of an Instant-On Enterprise. In a world of continuous connectivity, the Instant-On Enterprise embeds technology in everything it does to serve customers, employees, partners and citizens with whatever they need, instantly.

HP’s premier client event, HP DISCOVER, takes place Nov 29 – Dec. 1 in Vienna, Austria. The event showcases how organisations can get started on their Instant-On Enterprise journeys.

“Twilight” Web Searches May Result In a “Kiss of Death”

By admin, 14 listopada, 2011, No Comment

Curious “Twilight” Enthusiasts a Target for Cybercriminals

Norton Data Finds “Twilight” Web Searches May Result In a “Kiss of Death”

The next film in the popular “Twilight” series is bound for box office success, and “Twihards” everywhere are on the prowl for any details they can find online about “Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.” Savvy cybercriminals know curiosity may overcome caution when it comes to the supernatural series.
 
Norton has already found that many common searches related to the movie are returning malicious results. When clicked, these “poisoned” links can automatically put viruses, keylogging programs (where criminals can monitor everything you type), and other nasty infected software on your smartphone, computer or tablet that can cause endless days of trouble. Not to mention leaving your bank account as drained as a vampire’s victim.
 
Common searches that are turning up poisoned results tend to be for photos, trailers, clips, casting information and plot details on the series. 
 
Top search terms that we’ve already seen returning poisoned results include:
 
•         “Nude pictures of Taylor Lautner”
•         “Robert and Kristin kissing”
•         “Twilight true love”
 
Norton has seen a spike in these poisoned search results with the impending release of the movie, and expects even more “Twilight”-related poison search results, scams and spam as the curiosity continues to peak.
 
Norton has pulled together a quick check-list for “Twilight” fans to help them steer clear of cybercriminals:
 
•     Stay away from sensational strangers – Cybercriminals use sensational wording to get you to click on their poisoned links. Don’t assume the best of a stranger – better to delete emails and ignore search results from people and sites you’ve never heard of.

•     Don’t leave your neck exposed – Reputable online security software will identify malicious links and protect against other unseen threats.  Use Norton 360 to surf online without interruption and to make sure sites don’t contain any malicious elements before you click on them
 
•     Watchout for (were)wolves in sheep’s clothing  – When it comes to search term results, it can be hard to tell friend from foe. Use a tool such as Norton Safe Web Lite to make sure sites aren’t poisoned before clicking on them.

 

Industry recognises pMailer as leading email marketing tool

By admin, 14 listopada, 2011, No Comment

The judges at the highly anticipated Bookmarks awards recognised pMailer by Prefix Technologies as one of the industry’s best technologies at an awards function held in Cape Town last week.

In the Applications & Tools category at the DMMA’s annual Bookmarks Awards pMailer received Bronze. This was one of only two awards in this category at the awards banquet hosted by 5FM’s Anele Mdoda and popular columnist, Simon Dingle.

“Ours is a home-grown, proudly South African product so it’s great to receive recognition from industry peers of its excellence as a digital marketing tool,” says Walter Penfold, managing director of Prefix Technologies. “It was a strong field of finalists, so we are very proud to have been awarded one of the only two prizes in our category. We congratulate all the other winners and look forward to continuing to make a vital contribution to digital marketing in South Africa and beyond. ”

Prefix’s co-founder, Josh Adler, was also a finalist in the Best Individual Contribution category. Adler  is an Endeavour South Africa entrepreneur, which means  he  has been identified as having great potential to drive growth in emerging markets. Endeavour is an international non-profit venture catalyst that promotes the creation of wealth and jobs. Its local chapter is chaired by Discovery CEO Adrian Gore.

The Bookmarks Awards are the DMMA’s annual programme to recognise achievements in digital marketing. Awards are made for content and campaigns as well as the technologies used by digital marketers. The judges are guided by entrants’ measurability and performance, while self-promotion and clever ideas for their own sake are discounted.

The judging process for the Bookmarks Awards is extremely thorough: one reason these awards are so coveted. After the finalists were announced, judges participated in a round of workshops in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. These workshops provided the industry with a forum to interact with the judges and hear their insights about the general standard of entries.

Jack Kruger, head of digital at Old Mutual, chaired this year’s judging panel. Local digital experts were joined this year by overseas experts Antti Kupila, technical director at Sid Lee Amsterdam, an independent international creative agency, and Teresa Clarke, chair and CEO of Africa.com, a website that aims to change how the world sees Africa.

“The growing success of the Bookmarks Awards programme shows the strength and vibrancy of the local digital and direct marketing industry,” concludes Penfold. “This award establishes pMailer as a valuable tool for digital marketers, showing once again that South Africa has what it takes to develop world-class technology.”

Opinion Piece: Follow through – avoiding typical pitfalls to ensure a successful IT implementation

By admin, 14 listopada, 2011, No Comment

By Greg Bogiages, Director at Cortell Performance Management

Greg Bogiages

Greg Bogiages

New IT implementations are typically fraught with challenges, and prior to awarding any project to a technology partner most organisations go through an incredibly stringent selection process. This initial selection phase tends to be an extensive, time consuming and expensive process, and can take months at a time, if not longer, to complete, particularly when going out to tender.

Despite this careful planning, however, a distressing number of IT implementations continue to fall short of expected benefits and returns after projects have been awarded. The blame for this is often squarely placed on the shoulders of the technology and implementation partner, and unfairly so in many instances. The truth is that ‘failed’ implementations can be the result of a combination of factors and pitfalls, all of which can be avoided to ensure that the implementation of a variety of IT projects is a success.

One of the most common mistakes businesses make is failure to follow through. Once the meticulous selection process is completed, the selection team ‘retreat’ from the project completely and simply leaves it in the hands of the technology partner. Considering that the selection process can take up to a year to complete and often involves great expense and the involvement of high level executives as well as a team of evaluators, this lack of follow through to the implementation stage does not make sense given the initial investment into selecting a vendor.

Another issue that can lead to less than satisfactory IT implementations is the fact that the entire selection process becomes a mechanical box-ticking exercise that is completed for the sole purpose of the risk of the decision maker. While following due process and due diligence is necessary to prevent unnecessary risk there is a fine line between covering bases and ticking boxes on a checklist and ensuring that the solution chosen is the best fit for the company. Selecting a solution based purely on its ability to meet a checklist and not based on fit with the needs of the business can create a ‘disconnect’ between expectations and the solution that is ultimately delivered.

When it comes to new implementations, often the need for change management is also overlooked. Important role players who will be required to use the new solution are not identified, and the need for communication with these and other involved parties is ignored. This often leads to resentment on the part of these employees, who will then not use or embrace the new IT implementation, leading to its classification as a ‘failure’ even though the vendor may have delivered everything that was requested and required.

The decision-makers on new IT implementations are also often not the people who will actually be using the solution or who will benefit from it. The IT department is tasked by business with sourcing a technology solution, which is then done and handed back over to business, after which it is often left to the vendor to resell and explain the selected solution to the business, because the business users have not actually been involved in the selection process.

The length of the selection process itself is a hindering factor as well.  Because the decision-making takes up much of the time given for the selection and implementation of a project, the implementation time is shortened, which means that vendors may have to cut corners to deliver the solution within the specified time frame. During the lengthy selection process there is also the possibility that requirements may change and new versions of software may be released, which changes the game once again.

In general, the pitfalls of IT implementations can all be traced back to the selection process. The fact is that the amount of planning that goes into selection is not followed through in the implementation stages, which is problematic since the actual implementation is where the risk ultimately lies. The selection process extends the sales cycle unnecessarily and often the resources used to conduct this selection are disproportionate to the value of the implementation. Ultimately, many IT implementations fail as a result, even though the company may well have made the right technology decision, and the technology itself and the implementation provider often bear the brunt of the blame.

In order to avoid these pitfalls, the selection and implementation process needs to become more balanced, with equal weighting and focus given to both the evaluation and implementation phases. The evaluation team should also be empowered to make decisions on behalf of the business, and more business-oriented people should be included on this team, to ensure that the traditional disconnect between IT and business is kept to a minimum.  Communication between IT and business should also be improved.

The risk and materiality of the spend should also be identified up front, and the selection process scaled up or down accordingly to ensure that resources are not wasted on months of selection and evaluation on relatively minor implementations. To sum it up, the meticulous planning applied to selection and evaluation needs to be followed through to implementation, and realistic deadlines need to be set, to ensure that IT implementations live up to the expected results and benefits and can deliver value to the organisation.

Samsung Mobile – enhancing service levels and competitive capacity

By admin, 14 listopada, 2011, No Comment

The concept of Unified Communications has been bandied about in the media for years, offering companies a streamlined, convenient way to consolidate communications across the enterprise and beyond its traditional borders. To date, however, organisations have been hampered in gaining the full benefits of Unified Communications due to a disconnect between the potential benefits and the realities of high costs and a lack of supporting hardware.

“Today, however, as a mobile workforce becomes more of a norm and managers  accept that seeing workers at their desks does not translate into productivity and bottom-line benefits, Unified Communications has become a necessity,” says Paulo Ferreira, Head of Product and Software Solutions at Samsung. “Unified Communications is no longer an issue of technology, but more about management, customer service and productivity.”

With the appearance and amazing growth of powerful new technologies such as tablets and smart phones, businesses are able to know their employees are instantly contactable wherever they are, while the staff have full access to the information they need, whenever they need it, as well as to whoever they need.

“These tools, combined with Unified Communication software, enable companies to empower staff productivity and availability wherever they are,” adds Ferreira. “This cuts out the need to travel more than necessary, reduces costs and keeps people in front of customers. It also makes measuring the real contribution of employees easier since their virtual presence and activities are all available to management.”
Unified Communications goes beyond simply having a cellular number that reaches you almost everywhere, to being connected to the corporate infrastructure at all times. Using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for voice calls, for example, helps to control telephony costs by putting a permanent business extension in the hands of all employees via any device they choose. The systems then direct calls to the user’s device of choice via the most cost-effective route, including the organisation’s internal network as well as the Internet, totally transparent to the people involved.

By the same token, decent broadband connectivity allows video conferences to be held with local and remote staff, without the high set-up costs traditionally associated with video conferencing solutions. Even popular consumer applications allow for integrated meetings between desktop, cellular and tablet users, via any network connection available, and includes the sharing of desktops or documents for collaborative work.

“It’s not that these technologies are revolutionary, but they are now within easy reach of every business and simple enough for the average user to master,” concludes Ferreira. “More importantly, they are built on standards that allow for unified communications across enterprise borders as well as multiple software and hardware platforms. It’s now up to the business world to take advantage of the solutions readily available to enhance its competitive edge and reduce costs while improving customer service levels.”

Informa Telecoms & Media report examines the state of broadband in Africa

By admin, 12 listopada, 2011, No Comment

Survey highlights importance of Connect Africa goals

Informa Telecoms & Media today issued a report entitled ‘Broadband in Africa’ which assesses the progress of the goals set out at the Connect Africa Summit in 2007 and includes a C-level industry survey on the state of the broadband market in Africa. These goals aim to interconnect African capitals and major cities with broadband infrastructure, to connect African villages to broadband services, to adopt regulatory measures so as to promote affordable and widespread access to broadband services, to support the development of ICT skills and to adopt national e-strategies.

One of the report’s authors Matthew Reed, head of mobile research for the Middle East and Africa at Informa Telecoms & Media, comments on the progress of broadband connectivity in Africa: “A combination of public and private investment, regulatory action, competition and technological innovation has made telecoms services in general more widely available to a more diverse range of the population. There is no room for complacency though – devices and services are still prohibitively expensive for the poorest, terrestrial cabling remains undeveloped and mobile network coverage is often sparse or non-existent in some rural areas.

According to figures published by Informa, a fifth of Internet traffic in Africa will be carried by cellular networks by 2015, compared with a global equivalent of just 3%. Infrastructure investment on 3G networks has been rampant in recent years making mobile operators the main providers of Internet services in Africa. Informa expects the broadband experience in Africa to become increasingly nomadic with the number of broadband connections over cellular networks exceeding 250 million by the end of 2015, compared with 15 million fixed connections, of which 70% will be DSL.

What is the opinion of the industry? It is widely recognised that broadband connectivity is becoming increasingly important in the growth of the telecommunications industry – 59% of respondents ranked mobile broadband services as being extremely important to the economic development of Africa – but there are very significant challenges facing the industry as it attempts to expand broadband rollout. The five most widely articulated challenges according to the survey’s respondents were: cost of expansion; insufficient connectivity/backhaul; cost of retail broadband services; cost of international bandwidth and low PC penetration.

The fact is that whilst some good progress has been made in connecting cities and towns to a national terrestrial backbone, the percentage of villages connected to such a backbone remains very low. There need to be a number of changes to the broadband market landscape in the next five years including cheaper services, more widespread availability of high-speed connectivity (focusing in particular on rural areas) and greater competition.

However, joint author Nicholas Jotischky remarks that Connect Africa should not just be judged against “deliberately aggressive goals, but by how much private and public investment it has encouraged and whether regulators have become more proactive in forcing widespread broadband access and whether governments are choosing to engage closer with their citizens and transform internal processes with the help of various e-services. The truth is that looking at the continent as a whole progress towards a more universal use of broadband infrastructure is variable but at least it is underway.”

The report highlights the value of the role of regulators in adopting measures that will promote the affordable and widespread access of broadband services. The relaxation of licensing, allocation of more spectrum and direction of cheaper retail broadband services can all play a large part in accelerating Africa’s journey to enter a high-speed internet age and become a fully-fledged knowledge economy.

Informa’s Analysts will be discussing this and other hot topics at the Africa Com event in Cape Town. For more information please visit: http://africa.comworldseries.com/

What ICT skills will be most sought after in 2012?

By admin, 11 listopada, 2011, No Comment
Mario Matthee
Mario Matthee

Mario Matthee, head of DVT’s Intern Programme, looks at some of the most keenly sought software skills in the new year

Some thoughts on business analysts and project managers of the future, 2012 and beyond:

The need for people who are multi-skilled across these roles will grow. Business analysis and project management will stay until death do us part, but the specific roles of business analyst and project manager might slowly fade away in future. As new modern methodologies are born, new roles are created such as product managers and scrum masters. These new-generation roles will become more in demand as businesses embark on these new methodologies.  The new roles are often a combination of some of the typical business analyst functions and some project manager functions. Therefore there will be a need for resources who can play comfortably across both these roles and who are not boxed as a business analyst or a project manager.

We are in the next phase of IT where technical skills will have to be augmented with higher level skills like understanding business, emotional intelligence, and communication skills. The .NET and Java worlds are becoming a commodity, rates are not increasing much and the east is increasingly challenging the west with good resources.  We see a move from building business solutions with technical components to assembling business solutions with components.  The market requires a move from purely software engineer towards business engineer.
 
The pressure will increase:

1) Excellent vs good.  You have to be special to keep your job.  Average developers will be under pressure to move on and will be replaced by new tools and technologies to develop faster while excellent developers will write core components to be used by business engineers to assemble applications.

2) Developers will move away from the computer science and algorithmic side to using those skills to model business and deliver business value rather than technical value – most of the “cool stuff” computer scientists live for is pioneered in countries with the infrastructure and money to create and that has a market with an appetite for the new. The rest of us will apply those technologies in businesses we understand well – the east cannot replace the resources that truly understand the client’s environment.

3) Problem solving emphasis will move away from technical problems to business problems. The technical problems have mostly been solved in our market conditions. The books have been written about search algorithms, transaction management and all the other fun computer science stuff we lived for in the ‘80s, ‘90s and early 2000s. We need to deliver money-making dynamic systems that change with the market and are not cast in concrete. 

In short, the market will favour skills that provide solutions quicker, cheaper and better suited to the changing world of business. Quality assurance will become increasingly important to enhance the client experience.
From the mobile side we are seeing a short supply of Objective C developers for iOS (iPhone, iPad) which will probably get worse during next year. It’s not a popular coding language locally.
We will start seeing more interest in html5 and associated skills.

These are just a few of the in-demand skills for people wishing to enter the software market or enhance their career. They highlight the fact that the market will always demand specialised skills, and that there will never be an over-supply of the right skills sets.

Samsung Initiates New Era of Telecommunication in Africa

By admin, 11 listopada, 2011, No Comment

Advanced 4G LTE technologies demonstrated at Africa Com 2011 underscore commitment to telecommunication growth in African region

At Africa Com 2011, Africa’s largest annual communication conference and exhibition, Samsung Electronics hosted a series of demonstrations of its advanced 4G LTE line-ups including various types of network systems, chipsets and mobile devices. The demonstrations underscore Samsung’s commitment to the development of next-generation communications in Africa through its long-standing expertise in the global telecommunications industry.

To date Samsung has partnered with several governments and major service providers in Africa to deploy and enhance high speed mobile and fixed broadband networks based on 4G LTE technology. In addition, Samsung has established solid business organisations in the region to continuously strengthen and expand its support for African service providers and carriers.

“A large proportion of the African population is comprised of young and ambitious people and Samsung believes that mobile broadband services will play a critical role in realising their economic development, just like we’ve seen in USA, Japan, South Korea and other Asian markets,” said Mr. Youngky Kim, Executive Vice President and General Manager in Telecommunication Systems Business at Samsung Electronics.

“We’re confident that Samsung is ready to contribute to this growth with customised LTE solutions for the African market by providing enhanced customer value through credibility and accumulated expertise in telecommunications;” says George Ferreira, Chief Operating Officer at Samsung Electronics SA.

At Africa Com 2011, Samsung proved itself as a mobile broadband expert for African market, by showcasing its full scale of 4G LTE solutions.

Samsung LTE base station boasts the industry’s highest level of coverage performance enabled by support for more than 10 Remote Radio Heads (RRH) with advanced RF capability and multiple reception antennas. It is very useful in African market which needs wide radio coverage at much lower cost. Through offering competitive End-to-End LTE solution including network systems, devices and chipsets, Samsung guarantees best quality data and VoLTE service.

Samsung also demonstrated its high capacity LTE FDD and TD-LTE base stations supporting wide range of frequency bands, which offer more flexibility to service providers and simplify the introduction of new technologies. To support smooth transition to LTE, Samsung showcased its readiness to provide latest GSM solution with competitive features along with LTE deployments for African service operators as well.

Since early 2000, Samsung has been a leading innovator in 4G OFDMA technology domain; having already deployed more than 100,000 OFDMA based cell sites across various frequency bands for commercial mobile broadband services around the globe. Through this experience, it has developed one of the industry’s most advanced, cost-effective and energy-efficient suite of 4G network solutions comprising Radio Access Networks, Core Networks, IMS, System Integration and Managed Services.

Samsung entered into the telecommunication systems business in the 1970s with the development of Electronic Exchange Systems. By popularising communication services including ADSL, CDMA, WCDMA, HSPA, Mobile WiMAX and LTE in advanced telecom markets, Samsung has accumulated the experience and expertise to deploy telecom solutions in various environments across the globe. Samsung, which holds the most board positions in 3GPP, has already partnered with more than 30 leading global operators to deploy advanced LTE solutions.

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