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In The News – June 2024

In the context of Satellite technology innovations, industry alignments and constellation developments, what does multi-orbit services mean for Africa? How could these services impact the connectivity landscape in Africa, and will multi-orbit satellite services deliver significant value in Africa? We consider these dynamics and provide an on-the-ground perspective.

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When a rocket explodes, the technical term in the industry is that the vehicle experienced a “rapid unscheduled disassembly”. The term has all of the hallmarks of what might be called euphemism by technical overstatement. It’s in the same category as a used car being called a “certified previously-loved vehicle”,...

Creating a Beacon of Innovation and Connectivity in Botswana’s livestock industry

Introduction Nestled in the heart of Dikgonnye, Botswana, approximately 55 kilometers from the vibrant capital city of Gaborone, stands a distinguished Boer Goat Stud Farm belonging to the Chandima Farm Group. Mr. Thabani Machacha, a devoted breeder, channels his passion into advancing standards and nurturing innovation within the local farming...

In The News – March 2024

Navigating Latency in Satellite Networks and Exploring its Impact on User Experience Does Latency actually matter? A good question to ask in a time when LEO is all the rage and people and businesses are educating themselves on the opportunities that satellite broadband can afford them. In this article on...

Leading Telehealth Advancements with Twoobii’s Innovative LEO Solutions

Introduction Atlantic is a leading South African provider of robust enterprise communication platforms designed for security, scalability, reliability, and user-friendliness. Among its innovative offerings is Doc-2U, a virtual healthcare platform that seamlessly connects top-tier clinicians with remote rural clinics. Doc-2U facilitates comprehensive consultations through state-of-the-art video conferencing technology, granting doctors...

In The News – February 2024

The Future of GEO Satellite Services: A Service Provider Perspective The large-scale deployment of Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite services, exemplified by projects like Starlink and OneWeb entering the African market, raises questions about the future of Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellite services. With 36 LEO projects in the pipeline and a...

Q-KON Successfully Implements Africa’s First Fully Operational Eutelsat OneWeb LEO Satellite Service

Q-KON is delighted to announced that further to their 2023 incorporation of Eutelsat OneWeb LEO satellite connectivity into their Twoobii Smart Satellite Services, the first bank branch of a leading digital bank has now gone live on the service, and both bank staff and customers are already reaping the benefits...

Driving Agricultural Transformation through Smart Satellite Services

Introduction Agri-Logic, is a prominent player in the agricultural sector, providing agricultural integrated solutions as well as offering connectivity services as a reseller for Twoobii Smart Satellite Services engineered by Q-KON. They have an in-depth understanding of on-farm realities and commodity trading, coupled with scientific research expertise and a proven...

In The News – January 2024

Will Satellite Constellations bridge the Digital Divide in Africa? Satellite constellations have the potential to significantly contribute to bridging the digital divide in Africa by providing improved internet connectivity to underserved and remote areas. Projects like SpaceX’s Starlink, OneWeb, and Amazon’s Project Kuiper aim to deploy constellations of small satellites...

Mascom to deploy satellite connectivity to Botswana market

Introduction Mascom, a telecommunications leader in Gaborone, Botswana, has selected the Twoobii Smart Satellite Service from Q-KON to service the Botswana market. MASCOM is already servicing the Botswana market using fixed LTE, fibre and wireless networks. The Twoobii satellite service will be integrated into the MASCOM portfolio to ensure service...

Twinkle, Twinkle No More… Will LEO Satellites Block Our View Of The Stars?

Considering the possible impact of LEO satellites on stargazing in Africa Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) communication constellations are rapidly becoming a reality over Africa. Given that the initial launches of the Starlink service were clearly visible in the night sky, this led to valid concerns around the possible impact of LEO...

The Eutelsat-OneWeb Merger Delivers the First Market-Ready LEO Option for Africa

The recently announced merger between the French satellite company Eutelsat (the world’s third-largest satellite operator by revenue) and the United Kingdom’s OneWeb (a fully operational Low Earth Orbit satellite operator) has created the Eutelsat Group, which is now the world’s first GEO-LEO operator. Eutelsat Group is bringing together the best...

Satellite Offers Less Disruptions and More Sales

Introduction Hambisa Supermarket found an easy solution to a frustrating and business crippling problem. They installed the Twoobii Smart Satellite Service for a trusted internet connection, providing very reliable Point-of-Sale Trading, Voice-over-Internet calls and business services.     The Challenge Given that the Hambisa store is based in the mountainous...

Digital Radio Communication via Satellite

Introduction Farming is a challenging industry and it is often spread over vast areas in different regions across the country. André Kock and Sons, is a livestock auction firm specialising in providing an all-inclusive service to buyers and sellers in the agricultural industry in South Africa. They have operations in...

Enabling Business in the Okavango Delta

Introduction African Horseback Safaris, found in the Okavango Delta of Botswana, have been offering one of the most unique and exciting horseback adventures in the world, for over two decades. Led by talented guides, guests have 450,000 acres of pristine wilderness of the Delta to explore on horseback, allowing them...

Solar Power Broadband Services to support Conservation

Introduction The SCIONA project, funded by the EU and implemented in Namibia by NUST (Namibia University of Science and Technology), was aimed at strengthening cross-border ecosystem management and wildlife protection in the Iona – Skeleton Coast Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) from Angola to Namibia. This was done through the co-designing...

The Rhino Orphanage

Saving the Rhinos In the heart of the Limpopo bush is a conservation area where the Rhino Orphanage is located. This NPO is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, releasing, protecting and loving Africa’s amazing rhinos. The team is made up of permanent staff and volunteers that come from all over the...

Ensuring reliable trading for RMB Latitues 2023

Introduction RMB Latitudes is an indoor-outdoor art experience aimed at celebrating the creative spirit, fostering new relationships, connecting artists and galleries to buyers and the public. Over 40 galleries and 250 artists bring their art to Shepstone Gardens, a magnificent three-acre property. Visitors will be invited to discover and explore...

Reliable Trading at NAMPO Harvest day 2023

Introduction .Since its inception, the NAMPO Harvest Day has been the leader in showcasing agricultural innovation and providing that one stop platform to agricultural enthusiasts in South Africa. After a long-awaited return to the agricultural calendar last year, the 2023 NAMPO Harvest Day exceeded all expectations once again! The theme “Agriculture...

Uninterrupted Connectivity For Merchants At Major Sporting Events

Introduction The Carling Black Label Cup is a one-day four-team football tournament in South Africa. The tournament features four participating teams with the winners of the first matches playing twice while losers would play penalties for the 3rd and 4th place play-off. The teams and line-ups are chosen by Carling...

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