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Introduction The Ark Trust is based in the North-Eastern Kavango of Namibia and is bringing about change to make a difference. Their focus is education, and they are in the process of building a multipurpose care centre, opposite from the Thipanana Tribal Court, Makuwe.  The centre will provide basic needs such as food, medical and psychological support and learning through playing for residents in and around the area. The Challenge The challenge was reliable connectivity in the rural, North-Eastern Kavango where The Ark is situated. Basic, everyday connecti

Introduction Buffalo Lodge Sofala, is situated just over 800km from Maputo and just under 500km from the Zambezi bridge, it is a “must stop” overnight lodge for anyone traveling from the South to the North of Mozambique. On 22 January Buffalo Lodge with predicted winds of between 140km/h and was hit by Cyclone Eloise 160km/h and excessive rain. The Challenge How to stay connected, arrange emergency operations, communicating with quests, friends and families – for the lodge owner and also for all guests. None of the land-based communication medi

Introduction Standard Bank Eswatini opened its doors in 1988 and is today a leading commercial bank in the country in terms of capital and assets. It is a member of the Standard Bank Group which has a global presence with representation in 19 African countries and 21 countries outside Africa. Q-KON Africa first forged a relationship with Standard Bank in 2017, formerly known as Standard Bank Swaziland, by assisting with ATM connectivity via our Satellite Solution, commissioned in 2018. The Challenge Standard Bank Eswatini had a customized mobile ATM Trailer built to be used at rural events,

  Satellite enables Cloud Services Why do you even want satellite as part of your cloud network? If the default connectivity option is MPLS, and it works, why change? Two very clear reasons: 1) Cost of the MPLS; and  2) Connectivity availability. Satellite access circuits is not a competing technology… it is an alternative solution. Meaning that if you can get fibre of microwave links then rather use it, satellite services are when you need to design beyond the limitations of fixed infrastructure or can’t work with variable GB billing. Cloud services is about connecting the edge

Introduction In the sweltering heat of the African Sun in a little Town called Parys in the Free State, hundreds of people gathered for the annual Livestock Expo.  The Expo allows livestock producers and industry suppliers to network, compete, and attend a variety of shows, seminars, workshops. A total of 134 breeders brought their animals to ALFA. Visitors could also view pigs, dogs, horses, rabbits, chickens and even fancy pigeons, clothing stalls. As many as 5 813 visitors visited stands. The Challenge Each year, the Expo has struggled to find a

Why Uncapped is short-term Why does this happen? Why? It is like UNCAPPED is a sort of broadband drug for Telco’s. It is irresistible, with lots of short-term happiness, with an inevitable end linked to dire consequences. UNCAPPED is also a model where just the Provider wins; even at the early stages where customers are delighted with the service, the end result win is tipped in favour of the Service provider. To balance this model, we need to adjust 2 metrics 1) subscriber package and/ or 2) network capacity. To adjust any of the subscriber package values (data rate, or price or GB bundles

Using maths to dispel myths. It is not new, by now UNCAPPED broadband on RF mediums has a predictable market profile. It starts with great media hype, mostly by a new telco or for a new service, full of promises and user testament of how great the service is. Then it goes quiet with the now-and-then positive publicity often linked to profitable financial result reporting. Then the beginning of the end starts, first with some ad hoc customer complaints, then lots of complaints, market outrage, media criticism and finally collapse of the service. Why does this happen? Why? It is like UNCAPPED i

Adding the critical layer for network resilience A Software-defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is a virtual WAN architecture that allows enterprises to leverage any combination of transport services – including MPLS, LTE and broadband internet services – to securely connect users to applications. The responsibility of network architects is always to balance cost, business risks and network performance, yet in recent times the pressure on cost reduction is forcing architects to accept dangerously low network availability risks. Yet this does not need to be – satellite services can ad

Introduction The NamibRand Nature Reserve is a private nature reserve in Southwestern Namibia in the Namib Desert. Founded in 1984 by J.A. Brückner, it has more than 215,000 hectares and shares a 100 km border with Namib-Naukluft National Park to the west and the Nubib mountains to the east. Virtually all facets of the Namib Desert are represented on the Reserve – sand and gravel plains and stretches of savanna alternate with mountain ranges, inselbergs and vegetated dune belts. The Challenge NamibRand Nature Reserve acquired the farm Nubib with almost no communication capability on the

The lowest cost option to ensure 100% service uptime. In November 2019 MyBroadband reported the following fibre network statistics: - Telkom 164,000km; Vodacom 33,000km; Liquid Telecom 21,000km; MTN 21,000km; DFA 13,000km; Vumatel 8,000km - quite significant fibre networks and growing daily. Why then do you still need satellite? Contrary to popular belief, there are several excellent reasons why the latest high-speed satellite services are seeing an increase in demand. These include offering services at any location, rapid deployment and providing the most cost-effective

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