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Australian IR software supports Vodacom’s expansion into Tanzania

  • 25 March, 2004 09:32

<p>Vodacom reaches out to Tanzania with PROGNOSIS</p>
<p>Sydney – March 25, 2004 – Vodacom, South Africa’s largest mobile network operator, has continued its network expansion into Africa with the help of Australian-developed PROGNOSIS systems management software. Vodacom provides GSM services to millions of customers in Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.</p>
<p>Earlier this month PROGNOSIS was used to monitor Vodacom’s newly established network in Mozambique, which was used as a template for the company’s network in the east African country of Tanzania. The rollout and management of the IT infrastructure was again contracted to business solutions integrator Comparex Africa in Johannesburg.</p>
<p>Comparex Africa consultant Brett Dismore says PROGNOSIS has proved itself in managing Vodacom’s core business-critical transaction systems both locally [in South Africa] and in neighbouring countries.</p>
<p>“Although each country is managed individually, PROGNOSIS does give us a real-time dashboard view of our extended network infrastructure should we need it, so that we have a single point of monitoring for our cross-platform Windows and HP NonStop environment.”</p>
<p>Developed by Sydney-based Integrated Research, PROGNOSIS is a systems management product designed to manage high-availability computing environments. PROGNOSIS monitors and reports on critical NonStop and Windows servers for hardware malfunctions, capacity problems and application errors, and pre-emptively alerts Vodacom operators should a system bottleneck threaten performance or service delivery.</p>
<p>“We’ve deployed PROGNOSIS on one NonStop S76000 server and nine Windows servers, and expect to go live in early April,” adds Dismore. “[We anticipate] an initial subscriber base of 500,000 users, going up to a million.”</p>
<p>About Integrated Research Ltd
Established in 1988, Integrated Research (www.ir.com) is a publicly listed company (ASX:IRI) with sales and support offices in the USA, Europe and Australia. Integrated Research develops PROGNOSIS cross-platform systems management software for high availability, business-critical environments. PROGNOSIS is available on the Windows, UNIX, Linux and HP NonStop™ platforms.
Whenever you use an ATM, download email, trade stocks, make a phone call, watch cable TV or shop at a large retail outlet, chances are that you’re benefiting from PROGNOSIS. The world's largest bank, telecommunications company, stock exchange, computer hardware manufacturer and Internet service provider all rely on PROGNOSIS, as do blue-chip customers in 47 countries.</p>
<p>About Vodacom
Vodacom is a pan-African cellular communications company providing a world class GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) service to more than 10 million customers in South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Lesotho and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.</p>
<p>Vodacom is the market leader in South Africa, with more than 95% of South Africans now within the coverage area of its impressive 5 000 base station cellular network. Vodacom Group’s shareholders include Telkom SA Ltd (50%), VenFin (15%) and Vodafone Group (35%).</p>
<p>About Comparex Africa
Comparex Africa (Pty) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Comparex Holdings Ltd, is Africa's leading provider and integrator of competitive, innovative and practical business solutions based on Information and Communication Technology (ICT). With over 3700 highly competent and motivated employees, the company has an enviable track record in designing and implementing ICT business solutions for the continent's most successful organisations</p>
<p>Media Contact:
Guy Lerner
Integrated Research
+61 2 9966 1066
guy.lerner@ir.com
OR
Claire Hosegood
Kinetics
+61 2 9976 6611
claire@kinetics.com.au</p>

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