Daily Archives: February 13, 2020

Bladon to supply Alkan CIT with telecom tower power solutions in North Africa and Middle East

COVENTRY, United Kingdom, Feb. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bladon Micro Turbine (“Bladon”), the pioneer in the design, development, engineering and manufacture of micro turbine gensets (“MTGs”), has signed a three-year distribution partnership contract with Alkan CIT (“Alkan”) worth over US$36 million.

Under the terms of the agreement, Bladon will provide its microturbine powered generators to Alkan for use at telecom tower sites across Africa and the Middle East. Alkan currently covers 18 countries in the region, and this partnership will provide Alkan customers with access to efficient and reliable telecom tower power.

Ahmed Galal, Managing Director, Alkan Communication Networks, said “Having worked with key telecom operators all around the region and having rendered services for more than 30,000 telecom sites over that past two decades; I can confidently say that our collaboration with Bladon will definitely enrich the market and help operators resolve key challenges that used to cause lots of pain. Alkan expertise and Bladon technologies are the perfect match to empower the telecom industry and we’re very happy to present Bladon advanced technologies and Micro Turbines to the market.”

Paul Barrett, CEO of Bladon, said “Alkan’s record and reputation in this market make them an ideal partner for Bladon. They are the leading provider of telecom tower infrastructure in North Africa and the Middle East, where many sites have poor electricity supply or none at all. This makes it a great opportunity for Bladon to bring cost effective, reliable and clean energy to their customers and is a natural next step from our launch markets in Southern Africa.”

In addition to a total cost of ownership up to 30% lower than conventional diesel gensets, the Bladon MTG offers a number of other unique benefits to telecom tower owners and operators world-wide:

  • it offers up to 8,000-hour service intervals, which translates to 90% fewer site visits than required for conventional diesel gensets;
  • its fuel flexibility lowers fuel costs and will reduce fuel theft – a multi-million-dollar problem for mobile networks globally;
  • with only one moving part, an ultra-clean-burning combustor and no liquid coolant or engine oil to dispose of, the MTG provides ultra-low noise operation along with class leading emissions that make it a cleaner, quieter alternative to conventional diesel gensets and the world’s first EURO V emissions standard compliant genset.

About Bladon

Bladon is a pioneer in the design, development, engineering and manufacture of micro turbine gensets (“MTGs”). Combining world-renowned British engineering and advanced manufacturing capabilities with its proprietary patented technologies, the Company is the world’s first manufacturer of micro turbine gensets for the telecoms market. The Bladon MTG is produced at the Company’s Engineering and Manufacturing facility in Coventry in the West Midlands – the very heart of British Engineering excellence.

For more information, visit the website www.bladonmt.com or follow us on twitter @BladonMTG.

About Alkan CIT

Alkan for communications and information technology is a leading regional enterprise in providing integrated solutions for communication networks and their applications, and for geographic information systems engineering and construction applications. Alkan operates through its branches in most of the Middle East and Africa to provide the latest technology and integrated solutions that support their customers’ needs in an integrated manner from planning to implementation. Our approach is to work hand in hand with our clients in all sectors and support their business’ evolving and changing needs to maintain their success and their leadership in the fields of their business. Our services include construction and engineering projects, Power solutions, electro-mechanical services, manufacturing communication towers and metal constructions, extension and installation of networks, operation and maintenance, fiber optics, telecommunications, satellite and wireless communication, insurance and integration of networks, business operating and support systems, communication solutions and business intelligence applications, video technologies, tracking and fleet management systems, GIS applications, and production of digital data and maps

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Malawi Protesters Shutter Electoral Commission Offices

BLANTYRE, MALAWI – Protesters in Malawi have shut down offices of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) in 10 districts in an attempt to force all commissioners to resign.

The move comes 10 days after the Constitutional Court nullified last Mays presidential elections because of widespread” irregularities and ordered new elections. But commissioners have appealed the ruling and are refusing to step down.

In Blantyre, protesters used steel-iron chains and huge locks to seal the gate of the main entrance to MEC headquarters.

Some said they will resign only if the Supreme Court of Appeal faults them, while others said they will not resign at all.

But HRDCs Thawe says mechanisms are in place to safeguard the shutdown.

“We are going to monitor each and every day. You come, you check, you will see people here monitoring. And we are not stopping here. Its a continuous demonstration until we see these commissioners including the CEO [Chief Elections Officer] resign, Thawe said.

Mustapha Hussein, who teaches political science at the Chancellor College of the University of Malawi, told VOA shutting down the MEC offices is ill-timed.

“Because the case of MEC is in the courts and we heard about the judgment which shows that there are solutions being put forward to what is happening. So, in that sense I would say that the act of shutting down the offices might be going too far and might not auger well with the laws of Malawi, he said.

Hussein also said the shutdown would affect MEC preparations for the new elections expected to be held in June.

Ansah told parliament Wednesday that the electoral commission is currently working on the budget for the new elections.

Source: Voice of America

South African Presidents Speech Upstaged Again by Opposition Protest, Walkout

JOHANNESBURG – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa barely got out the first sentence of his annual State of the Nation Address before the inevitable happened: commotion in the gallery, led by the Economic Freedom Fighters.

The far-left political party easily identifiable in parliament by their resplendent red workmens outfits had teased that they would raise a fuss over the nations struggling electricity company and the member of Cabinet they feel is responsible. They also protested the attendance at the speech of South Africas last apartheid president, FW De Klerk.

That commotion which included yelling between party members and a Parliamentary officials sucked up the first 90 minutes of the proceedings, culminating in National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise ordering them to leave.

Our country is facing a stark reality

When he finally took the podium to speak, on his fifth attempt to do so, Ramaphosa did not mince words about South Africas challenges.

“There are times when we have fallen short, there are times when we have made mistakes, but we remain unwavering in our determination to build a society that is free and equal and at peace, he said, adding, Our country is facing a stark reality.

Our economy has not grown at any meaningful rate for over a decade. Even as jobs are created, the rate of unemployment continues to deepen. The recovery of our economy has stalled as persistent energy shortages have disrupted businesses and also peoples lives. Several state-owned enterprises are in distress and our public finances are under severe pressure. It is you, the people of South Africa, who carry this burden, confronted by rising living costs , unemployment , unable to escape , poverty, hopelessness, and unable to realize our potential as a people.

He continued to tout his nations great resilience and achievements pointing to the gallery, where sat the newly anointed Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi and the World-Cup-winning captain of the Springboks national rugby team, Siya Kolisi. Ramaphosa also vowed a number of measures, including improvements in education, health care, land distribution, agriculture, and government financing.

Ramaphoria fading?

But the chaos made clear that the so-called Ramaphoria that marked the beginning of his term may be beginning to fade. He was brought into the office in 2018, after leading an intra-party attempt to push out unpopular, scandal-ridden President Jacob Zuma. Zuma, whose lawyers say he is ill and seeking medical treatment abroad, leading him to miss the first session of his corruption trial this month, did not attend.

Ramaphosa also noted that South Africas role on the continent has changed as it took the helm of the African Union this year, saying, we take up this responsibility at an important time for our continent. This year, the Africa Continental Free Trade Area agreement comes into effect. This is our moment as the people of the continent to give effect to the dreams of the founding fathers of African unity.

He added, to applause, that South Africa would host a trade summit and another summit on reducing violence on the continent later this year.

But speech watchers said that behind Ramaphosas words lies concern over whether he can actually pull off any of these big ideas in this difficult political climate.

Even if hes a man of great ideas and not a bad speech maker, he is struggling to get a lot of these ideas implemented and carried forward, political studies professor Lawrence Hamilton, of the University of the Witwatersrand, told VOA moments after the speech ended.

So obviously, its not a great sight and a kind of national embarrassment. But weve seen the EFF do this kind of thing quite a lot. So I think you can overemphasize it and read too much into it, because it is in part just a kind of political theater. But I think you could also say that its a manifestation of how dislocated and frustrated, in particular, the youth of South Africa are.

Source: Voice of America