A new fibre equipment lab in Pretoria will help reduce delivery times for specialised cables and help improve efficiency within the industry.
Nokia Siemens Networks has forwarded R800 000.00 to set up the lab to its suppliuer Dartcom. Dartcom supplies Nokia Siemens Networks with optic fibre cable used for communications.
The new laboratory will enable Dartcom to have an automated process in the assembling and testing of specialised interconnection fibre cables. The automated process will lead to reliability and improved delivery of the cables to customers.
"We are proud of this business initiative, which has resulted in a huge reduction in execution time for telecom projects. Telecommunications projects can now be delivered timeously like the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup network architecture," says Lucky Masilela, head of corporate affairs: sub-region southern Africa at Nokia Siemens Networks.
In the past, there had been experiencing problems with receiving cables which led to delivery problems with projects. However, with the setting up of the plant, lead time had been reduced significantly from 12 to 14 weeks down to four to six weeks.
Nokia Siemens Networks is supporting local telecoms operators in upgrading the network for the upcoming FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup to be held in South Africa. These upgraded networks will ensure the streaming and distribution of content to and from stadiums.
The establishment of the laboratory, also led to the creation of employment for 12 previously disadvantaged South Africans, who received on-the-job training. The employees are dedicated to ensuring that the test process is fine tuned, and will be part of the project for the next two years.