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The Critical Role For Satellite In A 5G Environment   Why even mention satellite in a 5G context? VSAT is slow, expensive and has a latency problem – right? Maybe not. If you still remember the satellite networks of the 1980’s and 1990’s then that was true – however today this is just a myth and no longer valid. Extensive and fundamental developments in space networks and ground equipment have changed the landscape completely. Satellites available over Africa will soon be capable of 1Tbps capacity and LEO constellations will deliver connectivity at less than 0msec latencies

What is coming for Satellite? Faster, more bandwidth, lower cost – these general ICT drivers are equally applied in the satellite industry. Already using GEO HTS networks we are reaching 3G price points and with planned MEO networks will introduce satellite point-to-point links at fibre pricings and with lower latencies. The 2017 NSR report predicts that by 2021 a total of 1.9Tbps capacity will be available on the global HTS networks, up from 0.5Tbps in 2017. With demand increasing, satellite networks multiplying in capacity and costs reducing, the applications f

A view on new developments and the satellite technology horizon Please can somebody help to find a new term for satellite? Most ICT technology innovations have some branding insight. For example, when Internet storage was developed it was immediately branded as “cloud”. Similarly, the development in machine telemetry and SCADA was branded IoT. These solution brands create new energy, new expectations, and boost market acceptance. Well ... for satellite ... we still call it satellite even though everything is new and nothing is the same. Perhaps we can get a new technol

Introduction Maropeng - is a Setswana word that means 'returning to the place of our origins'. In 1999 the Cradle of Humankind area was declared at World Heritage Site and is one of the most important areas in the world when it comes to understanding the story of life itself. The Maropeng visitor centre gives an overview on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years and includes restaurants and tourist retail. The Challenge Unfortunately, due to a lack of reliable communication centre management experienced challenges with Point-of-

2020 Message from CEO Welcome to 2020! It is always good to plan and reflect before a new journey, a new project or a new year. Good planning for a journey helps to prepare you for the way ahead, it set your focus and equipped you for challenges, it can even include contingency options should incidents happen. May you be blessed with strength, wisdom and health. May you have “vasbyt” for the up’s and smiles for the downs. May you reach your personal goals and may you have a loving and fulfilled life. I am looking forward to continue our business journey t

Introduction Spitzkoppe is a small tented camp north-west from Windhoek and provides accommodation for up to 15 people. The camp is a delight for nature lovers with spectacular views of the Spitzkoppe mountain (aka the Matterhorn of Africa) not to mention beautiful sunrise and sunsets and a close connection with the natural environment. The Challenge Today, modern hospitality guest services, general camp operations, and on-line bookings all require reliable broadband services. Spitzkoppe camp management required a reliable and cost-effective service with loca

Magwa Enterprise Tea - Lusikisiki Magwa Enterprise tea is located just outside the Lusikisiki area in the Eastern Cape. The plantations had no reliable voice or data communication to support the business due to limited infrastructure in the area. At-Linx suggested the Twoobii satellite service. The project was swiftly completed, within 24 hours of receiving the order, satellite terminals for Magwa Tea and its sister tea plantation were dispatched and ready to be installed. Within one day, both terminals were installed and 087 numbers were provided. In fact, the tea plantation

Introduction Emirates Airline Park, previously known as Ellis Park, was built in 1928. The stadium has been the site of many milestones in South African sporting history, most memorably the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final – South Africa’s first major international sporting achievement after years of isolation. Well known artists such as Whitney Houston, Roxette, Rolling Stones, and Eminem have performed at the stadium. It is the second-largest stadium in South Africa and can accommodate 62567 people. The Challenge Previously, the venue was functioning on a ca

Twyfelfontein Adventure Camp - Namibia 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 dating back to 6000 years ago. The camp provides the basic necessities, however, there is no Wi-Fi connection at the camp. Today, the internet has become important part of our everyday lives. Twoobii's satellite dish is cemented into the natural surroundings of the camp. Internet connection can be offered to guests that stay at the camp. Guests have the opti

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

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