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Nivash Sookamber

Senior Specialist : Transmission at Vodacom

Transmission expert in the Telecommunications industry. Excellent knowledge and experience in Microwave and Optical Network Design. Good knowledge of Microwave and Optical transmission equipment namely Minilink TN, Marconi LH, OMS, Siemens NGSDH, DWDM, Tellabs 6300,8600,7100 Optical equipment. Excellent knowledge and experience in short haul and long haul microwave network design.Excellent experience in network solutions for ATM and IP backhaul.

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Current Position(s)

Senior Specialist : Transmission | VODACOM GROUP LTD
2010 - present

ICT and Telecommunications

Plan 2G, 3G and Core capacity links for Vodacom Transmission in the KZN area. Plan for 3G IP/ATM capacities on Tellabs 8660 and RNC. Plan core capacity links on Tellabs 7100 DWDM and 6300 SDH. Commission and Integrate Tellabs 8600 nodes on Vodacom optical fibre network. Plan for POI links for interconnection with other operators. Integrate Tellabs optical equipment with Nera microwave for access backhauls. Plan for new RNC and BSC intergrations.

Previous Position(s)

Design Engineer - Broadband Networks | Ericsson South Africa
2008 - 2010

ICT and Telecommunications

Design and dimension microwave/optical transmission networks for Ericsson customers in the Sub Saharan Africa Market Unit. Design short haul microwave links using Ericsson Mini-link Traffic Nodes and Long haul links using Marconi Long Haul equipment. Use TEMS Link Planner software to design various links to customer requirements. Use Ericsson WINFF2008 to design long haul SDH microwave links. Design for Ethernet and ATM capabilities. Design microwave links to meet ITU standards and Regulations. Design Links for high capacities and plan frequency allocations to avoid interference. Design Optical Networks using Ericsson Optical SDH/DWDM and Metro Ethernet portfolios for Access/Core transmission. Calculate Optical Power budgets to determine signal strengths of the optical links. Provide complete solution descriptions for Microwave/Optical transmission designs. Design complete networks for pricing and implementation. Liaise with customers to optimize existing and new transmission networks. Assist in site surveys, equipment installations and network audits when required. Assist with First Office Applications (FOA) of new technologies and solutions. Design Transmission strategies for IPRAN/LTE evolution using Microwave and Optical portfolios.

Transmission Design Engineer | Nokia Siemens Networks
2006 - 2007

ICT and Telecommunications

Plan, Commission and Integrate Telkom’s Next Generation SDH network roll-out. Plan for the installation, commissioning and integration of Siemens 7070 SC/DC, 7050 NGSDH equipment. Plan for various SDH link capacities and add/drop capabilities. Do site surveys to determine installation information and cable lengths. Create BOQ’s for ordering and implementation. Assist the build team with installations. Manage a 5 member team in Telkom’s North Eastern Region for NGSDH network roll-out.

Educational history


Metro Ethernet Forum

2013 - 2013

Metro Ethernet Forum Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF CECP) - Telecommunications Engineering

Varsity College

2007 - 2008

Project Management

University of KwaZulu-Natal

2002 - 2006

BSc Electronic Engineering - Electronics, Communications

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