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SD-WAN is at the leading edge of software-based networking deployments. It offers significant business value for organizations in terms of business agility and the ability to leverage Internet bandwidth economics. The question was asked how well SDWAN will perform over a Satellite network. We tested SD-WAN to show that this was possible and that SD WAN can be used over a Satellite network. What is SD-WAN SD-WAN is an acronym for software-defined WAN and is used in a wide area network. SD-WAN simplifies the management and operation of a WAN by decoupling the networking hardw

Introduction FNB Port Nolloth is situated on the beach and is the most westerly branch of FNB. Port Nolloth was once a buzzing town with diamond miners in the 1920’s in hope to find these sparkling precious stones. Today, the town is known as a sleepy little town. Their main source of income relies mostly on tourism. The quant bank building has a typical Cape Dutch style architecture. The Challenge If there is a loss of internet connection, customers would not be assisted which would cause customers to be frustrated due to not being able to do their banking properly

Introduction Nestled in rolling boulders of a granite outcrop, is Twyfelfontein Adventure Camp. It is a convenient ten-minute drive from World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings. The Adventure camp is open during the months of April to November. There are over 2000 rock engravings and it is one of the largest and most important rock art concentrations in Africa. The engravings are said to be up to 6000 years old. The Challenge The camp provides Canvas tents that are raised slightly on wooden platforms with a private terrace and seating. Solar cells

  Port Nolloth – FNB Upgrade   FNB Port Nolloth is situated on the beach and it's the most westerly branch of FNB. Port Nolloth was once a buzzing town with diamond miners in the 1920’s in hope to find these sparkling precious stones. If there is a loss of internet connection, customers would not be assisted, which would cause customers to be frustrated due to not being able to do their banking properly. VSAT is installed as a back-up link. This will ensure that they are always connected. For example, if the fibre fails, the link will automat

What if LTE can’t meet the “off-grid” demand? In May 2019, MyBroadband posted an article that quoted Telkom CEO, Sipho Maseko, saying that Telkom recently developed a roadmap concerning the proactive migration of customers to newer infrastructure. “We are hoping that in the next five years we would have exited copper entirely,” says Maseko. This means that if it is successful with its plan, Telkom’s operational network would primarily comprise mobile, LTE, and fibre technology. At the same press event, Maseko continued to say that the company’s fixed-broadband sub

Introduction Die Duine Farmhouse is the base of Tok Tokkie Trails. They host 2 night /3 day walking safari through the mountainous terrain and sandy dunes in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. The hiking trail is for walkers who would like to experience close contact with nature. The guides have an in-depth knowledge of the area and will enthusiastically share how the fascinating desert flora survives, how insect and reptile life adapts to the harsh environment and how mammals can survive without water. The Challenge Die Duine is surrounded by desert and there ar

Temporary Installation at Tourism Expo Namibia The Namibia Tourism Expo is held on an annual basis in Windhoek. The expo showcases products of local, regional and international establishments and also features cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts exhibitions, food, beer and wine tasting, car shows and a host of other fun activities to attract travel enthusiasts and the general public. In the previous years, the temporary connectivity that was installed was unreliable. The network was slow and kept losing connection. There was an option of paying with cash but it would be saf

Why satellite is a better “off-grid” option For now, fibre will remain the primary means of building communication networks. Once installed, fibre networks enable reliable broadband and corporate networks. The challenge is to get it installed, and while you are waiting for your fibre connection, the choices are LTE or satellite. Most network architects won’t actually consider satellite as an option. For them, the only alternative is LTE. The reason satellite is not considered an alternative is mainly due to bad past experiences and personal perceptions fueled by old info

Introduction The Mall of Africa doors open in April 2016. The total retail area is 131 000 sqm and has 6500 parking bays. Its’ inside decor takes its inspiration from the forests of central Africa, the great lakes in the east of the continent, the oil and trade of the west, the sand of the North African desert and the mineral wealth of southern Africa. There are over 300 shops, many of which are flagship stores. The Challenge FNB has one of their branches in the Mall of Africa. The VSAT was installed as a backup to the Branch, should their communication channel fail

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