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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.
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Information communication technology (ICT) community centres and agricultural development in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa: a case of Dwesa community

Mukasi, Tafadzwa Jaquline January 2015 (has links)
The development of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in rural areas has
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Factors influencing the effectiveness of project managers in the telecommunications industry in South Africa

Ndlovu, Pholani January 2017 (has links)
Submitted in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Management Sciences (Business Administration), Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa, 2017. / The South African mobile telecommunications industry has grown into a multi-billion rand industry that employs thousands of people and connects millions of people across the globe. In order to accomplish the latter, multi-million rand capital projects must be initiated and successfully executed. It is against this background that this study investigated the factors influencing the effectiveness of project managers in the telecommunications industry in South Africa. The target population of the study consisted of project managers in the five telecommunications companies in South Africa who were registered with Project Management South Africa (PMSA). The primary data, which was collected personally by the researcher through self-administered questionnaires, was analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), Version 23. The study revealed, inter alia, that most project managers in the telecommunications industry in South Africa perceived negotiating skills, technical knowledge, and management style as being most important for effectively confronting the many challenges faced by them, inter alia, scope management, quality management, and risk management, so that projects were successfully executed. There was unanimity amongst the project managers that training in project management had a positive impact on the performance of project managers. Although three out of every four project managers possessed a postgraduate qualification, the majority of project managers were of the view that a diploma was adequate to practice as a project manager in the telecommunications industry in South Africa. However, it was more important for project managers to possess project management qualifications. In addition to the above, an analysis of the results revealed that, in order of importance, the effectiveness of the project managers in the telecommunications industry in South Africa was influenced by communication skills, technical skills, education skills, leadership skills, interpersonal skills and negotiating skills. / M
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An investigation into the challenges faced by a mobile service provider in meeting customer needs

Govender, Omashan Vaughn January 2017 (has links)
Submitted in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Technology: Business Administration, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa, 2017. / The term “wireless network” pertains to a very comprehensive field and at different points in history, meant different things. For example, in 1901 it would have meant Marconi’s first transatlantic communication and later, to the walkie-talkie in the Second World War. Since the late 1940’s, large companies and emergency services have used wide area private networks which could also be catergorised as wireless networks. However, public consciousness of wireless networks only arose in the 1980’s through the commercial distribution of cellular mobile radio. The telecommunications industry is experiencing a phenomenal revolution in which; the driving factors are innovative technologies, deregulation and globalization. Innovative technologies introduce dynamic changes in the way that telecommunication business is conducted. Deregulation is the liberalization of telecommunications which significantly increases the telecommunications market, while also allowing for strong competition amongst mobile service providers. Globalisation is the breakdown of legacy barriers which forces monopolistic service providers to compete in the international arena. With service delivery being identified as one of the key components for a successful telecommunications service provider, along with the Quality of Service of their network, both components are evaluated to determine how efficient the organisation is within the mobile telecommunications industry. Telecommunications service delivery is a way of ensuring the Quality of Service delivered for outsourced and retained services. The responsibilities of the mobile operator include monitoring, analyzing and reporting on service delivery performance in order, to ensure that customer satisfaction is met or even exceeded by the mobile operator. The South African mobile telecommunication industry is experiencing phenomenal growth, just like the rest of the world. Over the last two decades, the South African mobile telecommunications industry has experienced dramatic changes. Fixed line service providers have expanded into the mobile arena. Mobile operators are trying to form mergers and purchase fixed line companies. This study investigates the challenges faced by a mobile service provider in meeting internal customer needs. The Quality of Service (QoS) of the mobile network was evaluated and the various elements which contribute to challenges experienced by the service provider were identified. A mixed methods data collection method was employed for this study. To obtain the qualitative data, semi-structured interviews were conducted with management staff. Quantitative data was obtained through the use of questionnaires and an existing discourse analysis was conducted to identify characteristics on existing reports which were generated from within the organisation, for data collection. The results showed that the mobile operators had to be innovative and competitive simultaneously. Mobile operators face various challenges. The increased level of competition amongst service providers ensured improved QoS and service delivery to consumers. The mobile operator’s network foot print has to increase to provide its own network availability to clients. In order to avoid or reduce network sharing or roaming of network services as this comprises the client network coverage on the network. The mobile service provider should actively analyse network traffic to avoid potential disruptions and, to ensure that customers have a seamless connection. This study concludes that the changing environment of communications forces organizations to consistently re-evaluate their strategies and necessary re-align their strategies to the business needs of the organisation. The initial planning entails making technology choices to meet the overall business goals. However, technology is changing at an exponential rapid rate; therefore the organization should reach the completion of the product life cycle to ensure that this product is still required in the market. The main finding of this study reinforced the contention that planning is the most critical part of mobile network strategy. The organisation’s strategy may change to accommodate environmental changes. However, these changes should not affect the life cycle of the blueprint design. / M
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A case study of the institutional regulatory framework of the independent communications authority of South Africa (ICASA)

Pietersen, Priscilla Rachel 31 October 2005 (has links)
Countries worldwide have reformed or are in the process of reforming their telecommunications industries. The reform process is characterised by new laws and policies, and the establishment of regulatory agencies to implement reforms in a new dynamic global environment. Regulatory reform has emerged as an important policy area worldwide. In South Africa, the regulatory environment is undergoing an overhaul to create a framework for vibrant competition and consequently affordable services. The aim of this study is to gain a deeper insight into the capability and state of readiness of the regulatory authority to implement its constitutional mandate: to regulate the industry, create conditions for competition, and to achieve socio-political objectives. The case study research design was used. The methodology include: in-depth interviews, qualitative content analysis and documentation. The report concludes that the regulator lacks behind global best practices in terms of crucial policy and regulatory aspects to successfully implement its mandate. / Communication Science / M. A. (International Communication)
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A framework to guide development through ICT in rural areas in South Africa

Mamba, Malungelo Siphiwosami Njinga January 2012 (has links)
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is widely regarded as a key tool for bringing about development to people who live in underserved areas. Technologies such as mobile phones and Wi-Fi are seen as advantageous because they can be made available to poor places without the cost of building extensive physical infrastructure. However, researchers argue that ICTs have failed to live up to their potential in the context of development. Researchers point out developing countries lack frameworks to guide them through the implementation of ICTs in this context. The objective of this study is to come up with a framework that can be used in rural areas in South Africa to implement ICT projects. The researcher interviewed individuals who have been directly involved in an ICT initiative in a rural setting in the Eastern Cape Province to learn from their experiences. The researcher also studied publications that have been produced from these initiatives in order to gain a richer understanding. The findings of the study show that participants share similar views about how ICT projects should be approached and implemented in rural areas in South Africa. The views are grouped according to similarity into themes and discussed in detail in the study. From these themes a framework that can help implement ICT projects in rural areas is developed.
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A case study of the institutional regulatory framework of the independent communications authority of South Africa (ICASA)

Pietersen, Priscilla Rachel 31 October 2005 (has links)
Countries worldwide have reformed or are in the process of reforming their telecommunications industries. The reform process is characterised by new laws and policies, and the establishment of regulatory agencies to implement reforms in a new dynamic global environment. Regulatory reform has emerged as an important policy area worldwide. In South Africa, the regulatory environment is undergoing an overhaul to create a framework for vibrant competition and consequently affordable services. The aim of this study is to gain a deeper insight into the capability and state of readiness of the regulatory authority to implement its constitutional mandate: to regulate the industry, create conditions for competition, and to achieve socio-political objectives. The case study research design was used. The methodology include: in-depth interviews, qualitative content analysis and documentation. The report concludes that the regulator lacks behind global best practices in terms of crucial policy and regulatory aspects to successfully implement its mandate. / Communication Science / M. A. (International Communication)
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Management's perception of customers' service feedback in an ICT company : an explorative study

Faasen, Zanne 11 1900 (has links)
The purpose of this research was to explore how management explains the difference between the overall service quality ratings of staff at Company X versus the overall service quality ratings of Company X. The organisation conducts customer service measurements on a regular basis to monitor their customers overall service experience regarding the staff and the organisation. The results of the research identified a discrepancy regarding customer perceptions of the service they receive from the staff versus the service Company X is providing. Management was the focus of the study due to management having a direct or indirect influence on service gaps in the organisation. The SERVQUAL model, together with systems theory, was applied as a framework to explore management perceptions as to why a service quality gap exists. In-depth face-to-face interviews were conducted with management staff of Company X who are responsible for customer service. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the interviews and through content analysis six main themes were identified with various subthemes. The theoretical and empirical objectives were addressed and it was concluded that inconsistent practices within the organisation specifically the lack of consistent performance management can create an inconsistent service experience. The findings also revealed that Company X have various focus areas to improve the overall customer experience of the organisation. / Psychology / M.A. (Psychology (Research consultation))
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The relationship between organisational commitment and intention to resign in a large employer in the telecommunications industry

Arendolf, Ronwan January 2013 (has links)
Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree Master of Technology: Human Resource Management in the Faculty of Commerce at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2013 / The researcher decided to replicate an existing study by Rahman, Naqvi and Ramay (2008) titled “Measuring Turnover Intention: A Study of IT Professionals in Pakistan”. The study was applied to new situations in order to determine generalisability to different subjects, age groups, races, locations, cultures or any such variables. The replicated study builds on the original study, by making it relevant today and applying it to a large business within the South African Telecommunications industry. Reducing employee turnover is both strategic and very important in ensuring that an organisation remains profitable. Therefore the main objective of this study is to analyse and verify whether job satisfaction, organisational commitment and perceived alternative job opportunities are correlated with turnover intention. Employee turnover has become a serious management problem for the participating company due to the financial and moral impact on its degree of competitiveness and sustainability prospects. Today, organisations are finding it difficult to retain employees. Many skilled professionals are leaving, which results in the loss of knowledge systems and discontinuity for the Telecommunications industry. Thus, employee turnover demands management’s attention to do whatever it can to retain skilled employees. A quantitative research design using a survey was employed in the study. A survey is defined as “a method for gathering information from a sample of individuals” (Scheuren, 2004: 9). A sample was chosen from a population of employees who are working for the participating company, within the Telecommunications industry. The population is N = 401 (unit of analysis), which is the number of people employed at the participating company, where the researcher is currently employed. The General Job Satisfaction Survey (JDS) developed by Hackman and Oldman (Cook & Rice, 2003: 37) was used to measure both JS and PAJO. Hypothesis 1 addressed the relationship between job satisfaction and turnover intention. The Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient (PPMCC) between job satisfaction and turnover intention was r = 0.812 with a p-value = 0.714*, indicating that the correlation is positive but not significant. The Organisational Commitment Questionnaire (revised) (OCQ) developed by Meyer and Allen (2005: 73) was used to measure employee commitment. Hypothesis 2 addressed the relationship between organisational commitment and turnover intention. The Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient between organisational commitment and turnover intention was r = 0.572 with a p-value = 0.065*, indicating a positive but not significant correlation. Hypothesis 3 addressed the relationship between perceived alternative job opportunities and turnover intentions. The Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient between perceived alternative employment opportunities and turnover intention was r = 0.953 with a p-value = 0.081*, indicating a positive but not significant correlation. It can be concluded that the correlation between the dependent variable and independent variables in the replicated study was positive but not significant which is consistent with the original study conducted by Rahman et al. (2008). The results reveal that in order for the participating organisation to be competitive in the 21st century a firm grip needs to be taken on reducing turnover intentions. Even though the correlation between the variables was not significant it supports previous studies that have found a significant correlation between job satisfaction, organisational commitment, perceived alternative job opportunity and its association with turnover intention. The replicated study will be presented to the participating organisation in an attempt to add value. The audience are managing executives and heads of departments, who are people that can make a difference within their respective divisions. When there is buy-in from top management, this will ensure that the need and urgency for retaining critical skills is filtered down to the lower levels. It will benefit the participating organisation that has a philosophy of wanting to continuously improve. It is recommended to the management of the participating company to pursue a retention strategy highlighting commitment and job satisfaction to obtain a committed and satisfied workforce through application of suitable human resource policies. These include training, career planning and advancement opportunities, employee participation and compensation plans to reduce employee turnover intention (Rahman et al., 2008: 79). By building a company’s business model around job satisfaction, organisational commitment and perceived alternative job opportunities, morale can be increased and commitment can be strengthened. When employees are satisfied they do not have the need to look for work elsewhere, which will contribute to a successful and competitive organisation.
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A feasibility study into the possibility of ionospheric propagation of low VHF (30-35 MHZ) signals between South Africa and Central Africa

Coetzee, Petrus Johannes January 2009 (has links)
The role of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has changed considerably in the last decade. The emphasis has moved from protecting the country's borders to peacekeeping duties in Central Africa and even further North. Communications between the peacekeeping missions and the military bases back in South Africa is vital to ensure the success of these missions. Currently use is made of satellite as well as High Frequency (HF) communications. There are drawbacks associated with these technologies (high cost and low data rates/interference respectively). Successful long distance ionospheric propagation in the low Very High Frequency (VHF) range will complement the existing infrastructure and enhance the success rate of these missions. This thesis presents a feasibility study to determine under what ionospheric conditions such low VHF communications will be possible. The International Reference Ionosphere (IRI) was used to generate ionospheric data for the reflection point(s) of the signal. The peak height of the ionospheric F2 layer (hmF2) was used to calculate the required antenna elevation angle. Once the elevation angle is known it is possible to calculate the required F2 layer critical frequency (foF2). The required foF2 value was calculated by assuming a Maximum Useable Frequency (MUF) of 20% higher than the planned operational frequency. It was determined that single hop propagation is possible during the daytime if the smoothed sunspot number (SSN) exceeds 15. The most challenging requirement for successful single hop propagation is the need of an antenna height of 23 m. For rapid deployment and semi-mobile operations within a jungle environment it may prove to be a formidable obstacle.
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New marketing opportunities for fixed line telecommunication operators in South Africa : a strategic evaluation

Ali, Fuaad 09 1900 (has links)
Information, communication and broadcasting convergence is changing the business landscape in South Africa, as organisations adopt new converged information, communication technology (ICT) products and services to satisfy the needs of customers. Simultaneously, major changes are taking place in the South African telecommunications business environment creating new marketing opportunities and threats for Telkom SA, the only fixed line telecommunication operator in South Africa. Some of the findings of the study are • the commodization of the fixed line telecommunication network • political and regulatory changes are reshaping the telecommunications landscape by allowing the entry of new competitors • new technological innovations in Information Communication Technology (ICT) and mobile communication is driving change • social and economic change is fueling the speed of environmental change poor economic climate is quickening the competitive pace amongst South African businesses forcing them to attain efficiencies and effectiveness for survival • organisations worldwide are competing for limited resources and markets and turning to ICT to achieve their objectives • customer needs are changing - demanding better and innovative communication products and services - providing opportunities to competitors • the Internet is reshaping traditional business models as businesses are seeking to establish competitive advantages through the Internet • the migration of the Internet to the mobile telephony sector These changes are creating new marketing opportunities and threats for South African fixed line telecommunication operators and are threatening the survival of fixed line telecommunication operators worldwide and in South Africa. Information Technology, broadcasting and telecommunication technology convergence, has created many new ICT products and services opportunities that telecommunication competitors are offering existing customers of the fixed line operators network indicating lethargy from their side. In order for the fixed line operators to survive they must apply innovation and revise their strategic planning models. / Business Management / DCOM (Business Management)

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