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The annual RacingThePlanet in Namibia Introduction The Namib Race is part of a 4-series RacingThePlanet UltraMarathon. The 2019 UltraMarathon series comprises of New Zealand, Namib Desert, Atacama Desert and Antarctica where all of the competitors run a total of 1000 km. The Namib Race 2019 was held in the remote Skeleton Coast National Park in Namibia where the competitors faced tough conditions of running in the hot desert sun with temperatures soaring up to 40 degrees. The Challenge There is no communication along the skeleton coast... it is only home to wi

A possible road map scenario to the final goal.   Introduction   On May 23rd 2019 SpaceX successfully launched the 1st 60 satellites of the planned 12,000 low orbit satellite constellation as the start of Elon Musk’s audacious 10-year $10 billion broadband space program. SpaceX just took a giant leap towards making global internet coverage a reality as its fifth Falcon 9 rocket of the year took flight on Thursday evening (May 23), sending 60 internet-beaming satellites into space.    Starlink Network   Known as StarLink, the satellite constella

Demonstrating the capabilities and cost benefits of current satellite solutions. In today’s connected world, with fibre networks implemented between most Africa countries and the build out of fibre networks continuing daily, why even consider satellite as a communication medium? Simple: Because it works, it’s reliable and it is the best cost alternative. A quick update  As with all technology industries, the satellite industry is in the midst of rapid technology growth and advances in the satellite constellations, the end-user modem equipment and the commercia

Q-KON Africa assists customer telephonically to install Satellite in Mozambique On the night of March 14 cyclone Idai hit the port city of Beira, bringing winds of over 200 kmph. Heavy rains caused severe flooding and damages to roads and communications. Airport authorities forced to close Beira international airport after the air traffic control tower, navigation systems and runways were damaged by the storm. Almost all roads and bridge were destroyed, fallen trees and powerlines were in the middle of road making it impossible to get into Beira. Due to damaged roads and closing

Beira – Mozambique left in the Dark   Introduction Beira, a port city in Mozambique which serves as a centre for shipping and logistics in the central Mozambican and Central African region. The main imports are liquid fuels, fertilizers, wheat, heavy equipment, textiles and beverages. It is a fishing harbour, which includes canneries, processing plants and refrigeration stores for fisheries. On the night of March 14 cyclone Idai hit the port city of Beira, bringing winds of over 200 kmph. Heavy rains caused severe flooding and damages to roads and communications. &nbsp

Q-KON Offers Banking Options to African Citizens via Satellite Connectivity Technology based on iDirect satellite platform   The scarcity of finance is one of the things that keep Africans poor and African businesses struggling to grow. With its vast distances and terrain, communications services can be costly and unreliable. But with the help of satellite connectivity provided by Q-KON and powered by iDirect, banks are now able to tap the opportunity to serve a growing population that’s set to double by 2050.   Q-KON, a telecommunications system integrator with almost 30 year

  Introduction The research team at recently reviewed the price for 1G of mobile data in 230 countries. The research, ( found that one gigabyte (GB) of data costs $0.26 (£0.20) in India but $6.66 in the UK. The global average was $8,53 for 1GB with the cheapest mobile data in Western Europe in Finland with an average of $1,16. The US had one of the most expensive rates - with an average cost of $12.37 for the same amount of data.  The most expensive rate is Zimbabwe at $75,20 per GB. However, Africa also hosts

Why is this the wrong question? As humans, we want to compare. It is in our nature. Perhaps it is left over from the grading system in our schooling years, perhaps it is because we understand better when we have a reference or a guide to compare against. Yet as much as comparisons aid in understanding, they can also be very misleading if the context and reference is not well defined. Look at how helpful it would be to compare flying to Cape Town vs taking the train. Both are transport mediums, so it sounds like a good idea to do a proper comparison before you make a transport b

Q-KON Commissioned a Satellite Back-up Solution for Major Financial Institution when Fibre Connection Failed. Network Resiliency is Key to Success We do no longer only speak about Software as a Service (SaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), the trend now is XaaS (anything as a Service).  With this in mind and the fact that de-centralised cloud-based services to business customers is becoming a reality fast, network resiliency, specifically communications network resiliency, is key to the success of any business.  All of the ab

Torra Bay Brags with FNB Point-of-Sale Devices this Fishing Season. Introduction Torra Bay Resort is celebrating its 62nd birthday this year and is a very remote camping site situated in the Skeleton Coast National Park, Namibia. What makes this resort special is the fact that they are only open from the 1st of December until the 31st of January, which accords with the Namibian School Holiday Season. Being home to large Steenbras, huge shoals of Kabeljou, Galjoen and Blacktail, Torra Bay is any shore-based fisherman’s dream. The 60 camping sites are usually fully booked in advance

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