Telecoms Architecture Services

20 years of experience building ICT infrastructure

UniNet is a telecommunications company that secured numerous smart city contracts with Local government, most notably the Knysna Municipality and subsequently the Mangaung Municipality.  Liselo labs has continued with the key UniNet team since 2010, and has been architecting IT infrastructure and telecoms solutions in Angola, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa to date.

The current team in Liselo Labs includes all of the core UniNet executives jointly involved in project deployments between 1998-2010 including:

David Jarvis –  UniNet CTO and CEO 1998-2010

Sehapa Moeletsi – UniNet Chairman – 2005-2009

Johann Potgieter – UniNet COO – 2002-2010

Zwelakhe Mepha – CEO Lomah Investments Pty Ltd 

–  Contracted deployment partner for UniNet/Liselo 2005-2019.  

UniNet’s first major deployment of its UniFi Platform in a carrier environment was its wireless telecoms network in Knysna in 2005, heralded at the time as “the first and largest wireless covered town in Africa”. This deployment was focused on its core telecoms services. It has since developed its competency in understanding the business of Local Government, particularly the legislative mandate, business operations and service delivery challenges of Municipalities. Accordingly, the scope of its solution-set to municipal clients have morphed into multiple service packs geared towards assisting  municipalities to achieve their key strategic and development goals.

Highlighted Telecoms projects:

Project with the Knysna Municipality – 2005

In 2005 UniNet was awarded the tender to provide smart city services to the municipality.  In the first such PPP of its kind in the country, this project broke new ground and delivered free internet services to the public off the back of a smart city infrastructure.

This project received international acclaim and was highlighted on BBC news, and we presented at the UN on WiFi for development, with Knysna as the case study.

Project with the Mangaung Local Municipality – 2009

In 2009 UniNet was awarded a contract in partnership with Fujitsu Services, to provide call center services for the Municipality, part of the “Re Hodisa Moruo” project.  This involved the establishment of the walk-in BPO call center and integration into various Municipal back-office systems. UniNet also provided the WAN infrastructure between the “glaspaleis” datacenter and the walk-in center for 3 years.

Projects in Namibia 2010-2019

The National telco in Namibia required a hotspot solution, similar to what we had deployed in Knysna and Mangaung and in Gauteng.  This was integrated into their datacenter, and distributed to over 1000 hotspots around the country, including all the NWR resorts and Gondwanda collection resorts.  Various camera security projects have also been implemented in Namibia, notably for Neckartal Dam, to assist the construction teams in Italy (Salini Impregilo), with monitoring of the dam construction.   Our local deployment partner in Namibia is XCom Communications.

Various residential estates, campuses and hotels in Windhoek and Swakopmund have also been setup with Smart city like infrastructure to provide comprehensive IT management of access control, security camera, public hotspot and IOT applications.  Customers include: Omeya Golf Estate, Safari hotel, Tenbergen Estate and the Windhoek Showgrounds. 

Project at Gauteng Department of Education – 2010-2012

In 2010 Liselo Labs was contracted due to its wealth of experience in UniNet over the previous decade, to take over the architecture and redesign of a broadband network in Gauteng covering over 1600 public schools for the gauteng education department.  This was deployed and managed for the subsequent 3 years.

Projects in Lesotho – 2008-2019

Liselo Labs deployed a hospitality industry hotspot service in Lesotho, to allow tourism establishments to better manage their hotspots.  A Mobile app was also launched to list these establishments and provide a review system for the service levels.

Other projects of note – 2008-2019

UniNet deployed perimeter intrusion detection systems for OR Tambo airport, Cape Town International Airport and East London Airport.  This was part of the security upgrade at these airports.

UniNet deployed and managed street level CCTV systems in Johannesburg CBD, including control room design and maintenance.  This was contracted by a number of property development companies operating in Johannesburg.

Liselo developed a mobile app for the health industry, called “Mipha” which allows citizens to report environmental and health related issues in their community to government and NGO stakeholders.  This was partly inspired by the “Ward Councilor Empowerment Scheme” envisaged for the “Re Hodisa Moruo” project.