The SA National Defence Force is upgrading its command-and-control system.The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has awarded defence ICT company Tellumat a R3.5 million contract to supply point-to-point digital microwave radio links to upgrade and expand its national command and control network.
The contract forms part of the Defence Department`s plans to spend about half-a-billion rand in the next seven years to put in place an ICT “system of systems”.
The system will integrate the SANDF`s disparate legacy and new command-and-control systems, as well as the department`s administration systems.
Geoff Carey, GM of Tellumat`s wireless solutions business unit, says the contract is another “influential endorsement” of Tellumat`s expertise, with the equipment under consideration having been designed, developed and manufactured locally.
“This contract shows the belief of the market in our ability and capacity, which extends beyond enterprise-grade communications equipment to kit which satisfies the requirements of military customers in terms of reliability and security.”
Ferguson adds that Tellumat`s involvement covers the entire life cycle of the products, from manufacturing and installation to commissioning and repairs, in a full turnkey delivery. Tellumat will make low-to-medium capacity links. These products traverse the entire frequency spectrum of fixed point-to-point microwave transmission (7-38GHz).
Microwave links are commonly used to connect remote sites providing access to networks.
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Tellumat ploughs an internationally competitive portion of its revenue back into research and development, says Tellumat CEO Rasheed Hargey. Tellumat uses up to 50% local components in its assemblies, whereas most ICT equipment content from the global brands is imported.
Tellumat was recently also named the sole supplier of similar links to Neotel, SA`s second national operator. Its ongoing supply to Telkom, with the same technology, is well-publicised.
The company`s systems may be found useful by the SANDF in its deployments into Africa, says Brian Ferguson, marketing and sales manager for Tellumat Defence.
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