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At the Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2019, Huawei and Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) held a media roundtable meeting with the theme of “Wi-Fi 6, Unlocking Business Value.” At the media roundtable, Huawei announced AirEngine as its new Wi-Fi brand, which will be applied to its full series of enterprise-class Wi-Fi 6 products. Additionally, with global media and analysts present onsite, Huawei highlighted that its Wi-Fi 6 products have been deployed on a large scale in five major regions worldwide.

 

 

Emerging applications such as Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and 4K require more bandwidth, higher concurrency, and lower latency, which poses challenges to traditional Wi-Fi networks. These challenges must be resolved as quickly as possible during enterprises’ digital transformation. That’s where Huawei’s AirEngine comes in. AirEngine is proof of Huawei’s commitment to high-quality Wi-Fi networks. It serves as a wireless connection engine that accelerates the digital transformation of enterprise services.

 

 

Three compelling benefits make AirEngine stand out: ultra-high performance, optimal user experience, and enablement of new business. AirEngine features the industry’s best performance, as verified by Tolly, an influential international testing organization. AirEngine builds on technical strengths originating from Huawei 5G smart antenna technology and intelligent application acceleration technologies, and achieves intelligent optimization for optimal user experience and service continuity. AirEngine can also accommodate new applications such as 4K and VR, and leverage in-depth cooperation with partners to achieve wireless transformation for teaching, research, manufacturing, and other mission-critical services, enabling new business.

 

 

Zhao Zhipeng, President of Campus Network Domain of Huawei Data Communication Product Line, shares his insightful ideas about AirEngine

 

 

“With unmatched technical strengths, Huawei AirEngine enables wireless networks to efficiently and reliably carry traditional wired network services. Typical benefits include smooth VR/AR teaching in education, 4K high-definition conferences and wireless offices for enterprises, as well as packet loss-free Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in industrial manufacturing environments. Huawei AirEngine will accelerate digital transformation of enterprises across various industries,” said Zhao Zhipeng, President of Campus Network Domain of Huawei Data Communication Product Line. “Huawei, a leading contributor to the Wi-Fi 6 standard, has been actively promoting the development of the entire industry. Huawei is the first vendor to release commercial Wi-Fi 6 products. Currently, our Wi-Fi 6 APs have been deployed in five major regions around the world.”

 

 

At the media roundtable, Kevin Robinson, Vice President of Marketing for WFA, shared the latest Wi-Fi 6 industry developments and forecasts and gave insightful ideas about the impact of Wi-Fi 6 on enterprises’ digital transformation. He stated: “We appreciate Huawei’s great contributions to the development of Wi-Fi 6, from standards and prototypes all the way to commercial use. WFA believes that 2019 will be the year of Wi-Fi 6 commercial use, and it will launch a Wi-Fi 6 certification program in the third quarter of 2019.”

 

 

AirEngine is specifically designed for the building of leading high-quality Wi-Fi networks that feature high-performance connections, optimal user experience, and enablement of new business. Huawei and partners will collaborate closely to provide ubiquitous connectivity and pervasive intelligence for government and enterprise customers. In addition, Huawei will continue to use the Digital Platform to integrate new ICT, helping customers to navigate digital transformation.

 

 

[Source: Huawei]

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Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, today announced its first original African animated series, Mama K’s Team 4, produced by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios and leading London-based kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE.

 

Mama K’s Team 4 tells the story of four teen girls living in the neo-futuristic African city of Lusaka, Zambia who are recruited by a retired secret agent still committed to saving the world. The series joins Netflix’s growing slate of original animated programming designed for kids and families everywhere, brought to 190 countries by artists from around the world.

Mama K’s Team 4 is created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema, who was one of eight winners in the Triggerfish Story Lab initiative in 2015, a pan-african talent search.

 

Designed by Cameroonian artist Malcolm Wope, it draws visual inspiration from retro-’90s R&B and hip hop girl groups.

 

To join the creative team on the series, Netflix is collaborating with Triggerfish Animation studio and CAKE to launch a continent-wide search for local female writing talent.

 

Malenga grew up watching cartoons on TV and found herself asking why no heroes looked like her and why they didn’t live in a world that felt like her own. “In creating a superhero show set in Lusaka, I hope to introduce the world to four strong African girls who save the day in their own fun and crazy way. Most importantly, I want to illustrate that anyone from anywhere can be a superhero,” commented Malenga.

 

“In addition to giving African writers a global platform on which to be heard, we are excited to present this powerful and entertaining new animated series that brings Malenga’s incredible and unique vision to life on Netflix,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of original animation at Netflix. “Mama K’s Team 4 has the potential to give a whole new generation of African children the opportunity to see themselves on-screen in the powerful, aspirational characters they look up to.”

 

“After animating four multi-award-winning BBC Christmas specials set in England, including the Oscar-nominated Revolting Rhymes, Triggerfish is delighted to bring an African capital city to life on Netflix,” added Vanessa Ann Sinden, Triggerfish’s development producer. “Female writers from Africa who have had their work produced for either TV, film or theatre can find out more about the Writers Lab and how to apply from the careers page of our website, www.triggerfish.com.”

 

CEO & Creative Director at CAKE, Tom van Waveren concluded, “We are delighted to be partnering with Triggerfish and Netflix on Mama K’s Team 4, a uniquely empowering, but most of all fun project, which brings a fresh perspective to a classic cartoon genre.”

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has finalised the process for developing a Findings Document and Position Paper on Digital Sound Broadcasting (DSB), following an inquiry into the use of DSB in South Africa.

 

In coming with the findings and positions, ICASA relied on extensive submissions from interested stakeholders, desktop research conducted on the proposed Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB+) and Digital Radio Mondial (DRM), digital sound broadcasting trials conducted by broadcasting service licensees as well as international study visits to Australia, Germany, Norway, USA and United Kingdom.

 

 

Having embarked on international study visits and research, ICASA found that there is clear evidence that DSB technologies are beneficial for South Africa and have proven to be successful in countries visited, such as Norway and Australia. ICASA further notes that even though analogue medium wave (AM) frequencies are ample, the sound quality is generally poor, with higher transmission costs.

 

 

ICASA notes that even though FM still offers good quality sound, spectrum scarcity and high transmission costs necessitate consideration for digital  sound broadcasting services. Therefore, DSB is necessary to keep up with technological developments and to encourage spectrum efficiency.

 

 

In keeping with international trends, and national imperatives, the findings further note that it will not be necessary for a total analogue switch-off, as analogue transmission can co-exist with digital services until such time that there is enough up-take of receivers and there is a policy pronouncement on analogue switch- off.

 

“The written and oral submissions received did not advocate for a total switch-off, but rather suggested that a moratorium be imposed to allow incumbent licensees to establish themselves and the market for DSB; and only then would new players be licenced ,” says ICASA Councillor, Adv. Dimakatso Qocha.

 

The Authority’s position on the frequency network is that it will deploy a hybrid model (SFN and MFN) as this model caters for all three tiers of broadcasting categories. Furthermore, the commercial and public sound broadcasting services can be operated by one MUX operator on SFN, while  different MUX operators  could be considered for community broadcasting services on MFN basis.

 

Based on the findings and position, ICASA will develop the draft regulations on DSB in the current financial year (2019/20).

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Game of Thrones S8 episode 2 preview

Posted by radio On April - 19 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The first episode of Game of Thrones S8 was relatively death-free and peaceful… we doubt that’s going to last.

*Spoilers ahead if you haven’t caught up with episode one*

Not even Jon’s epic first ride on a dragon could lighten up what was a very dark start to Season 8. Speaking of Jon, or rather we should say, Aegon Targaryen, what will happen between him and Queen Daenerys now that he finally knows he’s the rightful heir to the Iron Throne?

And why isn’t he freaking out that she’s his aunt?

Thank goodness this preview for episode 2 is out, or the fan theories would drive us nuts.

We can’t wait for next week’s episode to drop – especially as each one is getting just a little bit longer.

  • Season 8, Episode 1 will be 54 minutes.
  • Season 8, Episode 2 will be 58 minutes.
  • Season 8, Episode 3 is one hour and 22 minutes.
  • Season 8, Episode 4 is one hour and 18 minutes.
  • Season 8, Episode 5 is one hour and 20 minutes.
  • Season 8, Episode 6, the finale is also one hour and 20 minutes.

What’s happening in episode 2?

The Kingslayer looks like he has bigger things to worry about than throwing Bran out of a window when he’s brought before Daenerys. She is not amused to meet her father’s killer. But we’re not sure that she’ll have time to mull over it because Winterfell is under attack! Has the army of white walkers arrived?

Watch Game of Thrones S8 on Mondays on M-Net (only) at 03:00, and later the same day on M-Net and Showmax at 22:00.

 

 

[Source: Showmax blog]

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At the 2019 International Auto Key Tech Forum, Huawei Rotating Chairman Eric Xu delivered a keynote speech: Embrace the Convergence of Automotive & ICT Industries.

 

The automotive industry is increasingly turning to information and communication technology (ICT) as a new key technology. Xu noted, “Together with the deep convergence of automotive and ICT, intelligent connected electric vehicle emerges as a new revolutionary development engine of human society, with its impact goes far beyond the two industries themselves.”

In the face of evolutionary changes, Huawei has made its strategic choice. “Huawei does not make cars”, said Xu. “Focusing on ICT, Huawei aims to enable car OEMs to build better vehicles.” He stressed, “Based on ICT, Huawei aims to be a digital car oriented and new-added components provider.”

 

With over 30 years of experience in ICT and an ongoing focus on this area, Huawei will offer the following to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of cars:

  • MDC (Mobile Data Center) in-vehicle computing platform and intelligent driving subsystem solution

  • Octopus: Huawei Cloud based cloud service for autonomous driving (training, simulation, test)

  • 4G/5G in-vehicle communication module/T-Box, network solutions

  • HUAWEI HiCar people-car-home connectivity solution for all scenarios

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Samsung Science & Technology Foundation last week announced 44 research projects chosen for funding in the first half of 2019, which include pioneering research in physics and life sciences, new engineering solutions for the clean environment as well as breakthrough projects in artificial intelligence (AI).

The foundation was established in 2013 to help foster development of basic science, materials engineering and information technologies, with a total of KRW 1.5 trillion (R18.5 billion) in grants to be endowed on research projects for 10 years. It has so far provided about KRW 667 billion (R8.2 billion) in funding for 517 research projects from universities and public research institutes in Korea. The foundation will look to expand its support in the areas of future technologies, such as AI, Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G, as well as projects that aim to improve local communities.

 

 

“Our goal is to support building the foundation for future science and technology,” said Seong-Keun Kim, Chairman of Samsung Science & Technology Foundation. “We hope to make a lasting contribution to the society by advancing basic science, bringing innovations and redefining the technology industry.”

Mr. Kim, Professor of Chemistry at Seoul National University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, was elected as the new chairman this week by the foundation’s Board of Directors.

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SABC launches News App

Posted by radio On April - 13 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has introduced a new mobile tool, the SABC News app, to expand its content distribution platforms. The app was developed by the SABC’s news and technology divisions, and is available and ready to download from Android (Playstore) and iOS (App Store). The SABC News app provides access to daily breaking news and updates, as well as live streaming of the SABC News channel (currently available only on the DStv platform), news videos and live listening to all the 19 SABC radio stations.

The SABC is cognisant of the fact that accessibility, immediacy and audience engagement are fast becoming the essence of broadcasting. Therefore, the SABC News app will allow for greater interactivity, anytime and anywhere.

 

In addition, this mobile app is aimed at reaching out to a younger market and audiences beyond South Africa. The SABC’s Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) Mr. Madoda Mxakwe said that “we are very proud to have taken yet another step in positioning the SABC within the multi-platform and multi-device broadcasting environment. Most importantly, this initiative indicates our ongoing resolve to provide a comprehensive universal news and information service and access to the South African public. As the only public service broadcaster in the country, we have an enormous task to deliver an important social service to all citizens wherever they are. The SABC News app serves as a perfect platform to reach audiences who are on the move and not only relying on traditional media platforms such TV and radio”.

 

In addition, the GCEO stated that “we are also very excited that this milestone comes at a
time when we are about to deliver one of the country’s important events, the elections in
May.

 

Watch Morning Live on SABC 2 and SABC News channel on Monday, 15 April 2019 for the official launch

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) launched its first multi-purpose High Definition (HD) studio on 01 April 2019. The SABC’s flagship news and current affairs programme ‘Morning Live’, which is broadcast on SABC 2 and channel 404 on Dstv was used to showcase the advanced technological capabilities of the studio.

The studio which has been in the making for almost two years is groundbreaking for the organization, as the SABC is continuously transforming into a public service broadcaster operating in the digital era. The studio is a fully-fledged news and sports studio, which is able to interchange between delivering news as well as sports content, which are produced differently. In addition the picture quality seen by our audiences will be clearer and crisper on the screen.

 

The new multi-purpose studio will refresh the look and feel of many programmes, as a variety of sets can be used within the studio. This studio also boasts advanced technological features which are modern and relevant to the current broadcasting environment.

 

The studio is equipped with six digital HD cameras of which one is on a camera crane, a digital video mixing console, a 28 input picture production monitor wall configurable for news or sport productions as well as a fully digital lighting control suite.

 

In delivering on its mandate to provide universal access of SABC radio and television services to all South Africans the SABC commits to use creative technologies to meet the challenges of broadcasting in sign language. In delivering on this promise, the new multi-purpose studio comprises of a sign language interpreter presentation suite, which will further enable the SABC to deliver its programming to the deaf community.

 

Group Executive for Media Technology and Infrastructure (MTI), Dr. Van Rooyen said that “This milestone comes at the right time for the SABC as we are approaching the national and provincial elections. Our promise to all South Africans is to provide high quality programmes delivered through various innovate ways enabled by technology.”

 

This modern studio will also attract audiences, who will be introduced to other SABC digital platforms such as websites and applications. This will enable enhanced interactivity between our audiences and the SABC’s content using the multimedia suite, which has features including Skype interface to allow interactivity in real-time.

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The Magic In Motion Academy celebrated 13 film and television graduates at the 5th graduation for the Academy

Higher Education Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela who attended the event as the guest of honour, acknowledged the success of the students and the commitment of the MIM Academy.

“The impact that this programme has had on these graduates is invaluable. Over the past five years, this programme has provided a gateway to the film and television industry for a significant number of students. The film and television industry is a big contributor to our economy and these graduates are now able to tell our stories that can reach all corners of the world” says Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela.

 

“We recognise that the global television industry is evolving, and we need to empower anew generation of young professionals. This internship gives the most talented creatives work experience with the leading production companies and culminates with the production of movies that are scheduled on Mzansi Magic and seen by millions. Our interns graduate with a CV that sets them up to find work – we are committed to training and jobcreation” says MultiChoice General Entertainment CEO Yolisa Phahle.”

 

 

Founded in 2014 and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Bobby Heaney, the MIM Academy focuses on transforming the South African film and TV industry by upskilling film graduates, empowering them with the necessary knowledge and experience that they will require to start their careers and successfully transform the video-entertainment industry in South Africa. To date, 44 interns have graduated from the programme, 12 films have been produced and 60% of the class of 2017 interns are employed.

 

 

This year, the graduates were taken through an intensive 12-month internship where their tertiary education was supplemented by hands-on practical training. They were mentoredby industry experts from some of the country’s most respected production houses and worked on various exciting productions. Production partners played an influential role in ensuring that the graduates were exposed to all facets of the production process and ensured inclusion on a variety of sets.

 

 

“The class of 2018 has been incredibly dedicated, having produced 4 movies of exceptional quality for Mzansi Channels including Hawe Ma! and Umdlalo wempilo. We look forward totheir contribution to the industry” said Bobby.

 

 

“Beyond entertainment, its rewarding to see how, through our investments in infrastructure, technology and empowerment initiatives, we harness the emerging talent of the youth and set them up to achieve their goals. By the end of their time with us in April,

they will have produced four movies for broadcast in prime-time on Mzansi Magic, said Yolisa”.

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MTN South Africa has partnered with global customer engagement company, Clickatell , to launch MTN Chat, enabling its customers to engage with the telco over WhatsApp.

 

MTN Chat will enable customers to initiate purchase of airtime and data bundles within their WhatsApp chat session. Over time customers will be able to also access customer support and self-service options, including performing upgrades, managing their accounts, and receiving low balance alerts. MTN Chat is part of the MTN vision to significantly enhance its digital business offering to boost its customer base through advanced services.

 

“Clickatell understands that mobile operators are under increasing pressure to deliver excellent customer service over the digital channels their customers prefer. By offering convenient services over a secure, convenient channel, MNOs can both increase their transactional volume and attract and retain customers – something that is paramount in an age of continuous digital transformation and growing competition,” explains Pieter de Villiers, Clickatell Founder & CEO.

 

 

Clickatell has already helped Absa Bank, GTBank, First Bank of Nigeria and United Bank of Africa successfully deploy chat banking capabilities on WhatsApp across Africa.

 

 

Clickatell is a WhatsApp Business solution provider. The WhatsApp Business API provides brands the ability to send out notifications and conduct two-way conversations with consumers within WhatsApp once they have opted in. Clickatell’s Touch Flow and Connect platforms gives MTN the capability to unify its communications channels, customise user workflows and connect to internal systems.

 

 

“It is imperative that companies focus on improving their self-service experiences in order to retain and grow customers. The Clickatell offerings provides an easy, secure and convenient way of giving users control over their accounts through WhatsApp, a platform they already have an affinity for,” comments says Jacqui O’Sullivan, Executive for Corporate Affairs at MTN SA.

 

 

De Villiers says Clickatell’s low effort, high return offerings can propel mobile network operators onto a digital transformation road that differentiates them from their competitors.

 

 

“Clickatell has worked hard to ensure that its solution deployments are far less challenging than typical enterprise platform integrations. With over 1.5 billion people in 180 countries using WhatsApp every month, delivering chat commerce experiences on WhatsApp is one of the most efficient ways to reach a majority of consumers who can immediately benefit from the services offered on the channel. There is no doubt this solution is perfect for MNOs around the world where WhatsApp is frequently used.”

 

 

With over 1.5 billion people in 180 countries using WhatsApp every month, delivering chat commerce experiences on WhatsApp is one of the most efficient ways to reach a majority of consumers who can immediately benefit from the telecom services offered on the channel. There is no doubt this solution is perfect for MNOs around the world where WhatsApp is the dominant social engagement channel.”

 

 

 

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