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A Satellite Technology Map Perspective C, Ku, Ka, LEOs and MEOs - What Really Matters from a User Perspective. All industries have jargon, acronyms and code words that make the experts look smarter while mostly just confuse the rest of us. Unfortunately,the satellite industry is no different, and with the recent new technology developments, this has further increased the general level of confusion inthe market. While a detailed discussion might not help to clarify anything, the aim of this brief overview is to provide 1st order context to managersand executives who have to engage in satell

Why satellite can not work . . . Or at least why the market thinks so. My satellite network solution will not work for his very critical business applications, he thinks. Thinking quickly, I decide to relax, close my laptop and start a courtesy discussion. Being polite gentlemen, they can at least let me finish the coffee that is being served…  “Big Springbok rugby game on this weekend,” I started, “so pleased that DStv has secured the rights so that we can watch the game even at the lodge we are going to”. Everybody agreed and we had some light comments about teams, play

Reliable “Always-On” Connectivity Contributes to Excellent Customer Experience. Introduction The Dolomite Camp, part of the Eco Collection of the NWR Lodges and Resorts, is situated in the western region of the Etosha National Park. This famous tranquil get-away spot sits in a previously restricted scenic area and is surrounded by dolomite formations, hence the name “Dolomite Resort”. Visitors can experience intimate contact with previously endangered species such as Black Rhino and Black-faced Impala, successfully bred during the time the area was closed off to tou

5 User Applications that are Ideal for Satellite Technology. South Africa’s Internet penetration is three percentage points above the Southern African average, and one percentage point above the global average. Based on these statistics, South Africa’s Internet user base grew by 7% in the past year. This places us 13th in the world in terms of relative Internet user growth. With this growth in broadband users and the related growth in fibre network infrastructure, it can be expected that satellite technology is considered as a “past generation” solution and not fit for the deman

The Important Role Reliable Connectivity Plays in the Profits of the Fast Food Industry. Introduction Kentucky Fried Chicken was founded by Harland Sanders (known as Colonel Sanders), who opened his first restaurant in 1952. Kentucky Fried Chicken was later changed to KFC to create a healthier image to consumers, but irrespective of their efforts to develop a health-conscious brand, the most popular dish today still remains their famous original recipe fried chicken. To put their success in perspective: In 2017, KFC held 21 487 restaurants worldwide. In South Africa al

A Review of Available Off-grid Telco Service Options - a User Outline to Select the Most Suitable Options. Selecting the ideal telecommunication services for your business, for broadband Internet access and for voice and video services, is a simple choice when you are in town or any area connected with fibre networks. Fibre will then be your de facto option. All you have to do is select your service provider and service bundles, which are commercial considerations and not a technology selection. If, however, you are in an off-grid location, it is not so simple. “Off-grid” locations

New Technologies Expanding Satellite Markets. Satellite has proved its worth as a connectivity medium in areas where there is no fixed line infrastructure. While it has remained a niche solution as a result of the logistics involved in the installation and management of the dishes, new technology is promising to bring satellite connectivity to new markets that have not been able to use satellite links before. Kymeta, a company created to address the need for lightweight, slim and efficient communication systems that do not require mechanical components to steer toward a satellite, has c

Do You Need a Managed or Broadband Service? What to Consider and Where the Difference Lie. This discussion considers the definition of a “managed service” vs the definition of a “broadband service”. This is one possible area that can create confusion.  Even the trusted Wikipedia does not volunteer a clear definition of the terms “managed service” and “broadband service” as applicable to data or Internet communication services.  The 5 differences listed here are just one possible analysis, and there could be different views and perspectives on these service defi

Why Banks are using Satellite Services. ATMs and PoS devices require reliable connectivity in order to transmit data from their location to a server, and from the server back to their location. Reliable connectivity is therefore essential, as any drops in communication could result in revenue loss, increased operational cost and reduced customer satisfaction. In the case of ATMs, poor connectivity could result in customer loss or worst, brand damage. In the case of a PoS device, poor connectivity could result in the customer being unable to complete a transaction or merchants being unab

Internet of Things - The Opportunity of Satellite in IoT

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