BCX Meraki SD-WAN and Voice over Satellite

BCX Meraki SD-WAN and Voice over Satellite

Introduction:

Business Connexion (Pty) Ltd. (BCX) is a Southern African-based information and communications technology (ICT) company. BCX is also listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) The ICT group has a wide footprint with operations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. In Africa, BCX expands to Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Zambia and Tanzania. BCX has the largest data centre capacity in Southern Africa. BCX is a Channel Partner of Q-KON Africa selling the satellite product offering.

The Challenge:

Impendle is a town in Umgungundlovu District Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal province of Southern Africa. Impendle town is 48 km west of Pietermaritzburg and 37 km north-east of Bulwer. Being in such a remote area Impendle did not have access to coverage for reliable communications internet.

A testing session was arranged with BCX and Q-KON Africa to see if they can offer a reliable and workable solution.

The Solution:

BCX performed a variety of tests to ensure the Meraki SD-WAN over the Skylink satellite solution delivered according to expectations using their Host Based Telephony platform. The Meraki over Skylink did not disappoint and constant low jitter was experienced with stable latency and as a result achieved good MOS ratings. IP Phone to Cell-phone, Skype for Business, Teams and IP Phone to IP Phone extensions were all tested successfully to prove that voice applications over satellite is delivering high quality voice communications with the Meraki SD-WAN implementation.

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