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Emirates Airline Park Goes Cashless

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...

Newsletter: October 2019

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...

SD-WAN over Satellite Testing

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...

A Leading Bank Port Nolloth – Northern Cape

Introduction A leading bank in Port Nolloth is situated on the beach and is the most westerly branch of a leading bank. Port Nolloth was once a buzzing town with diamond miners in the 1920s in the hope to find these sparkling precious stones. Today, the town is known as...

Twyfelfontein, North-Western Namibia

Introduction 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. The Adventure camp is open during the months of April to November. There are over 2000 rock engravings and it is one of...

Newsletter: August 2019

Port Nolloth – A Leading Bank Upgrade A leading bank in Port Nolloth is situated on the beach and it’s the most westerly branch. Port Nolloth was once a buzzing town with diamond miners in the 1920’s in hope to find these sparkling precious stones. If there is a loss...

When Telkom switches off ADSL…

What if LTE can’t meet the “off-grid” demand? In May 2019, MyBroadband posted an article that quoted Telkom CEO, Sipho Maseko, saying that Telkom recently developed a roadmap concerning the proactive migration of customers to newer infrastructure. “We are hoping that in the next five years we would have exited...

Mobile Satellite Communication Solution in Lesotho

Introduction Live Lesotho 400 is an annual off-road motorcycling race held once a year in Lesotho at Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village. The race is 110km which stretches across the mountainous, lush, rocky, green terrain. Lesotho, known as “kingdom in the sky”, is the only independent state in the world that...

Wi-Fi in the Midst of the Desert in Namibia

Introduction Die Duine Farmhouse is the base of Tok Tokkie Trails. They host 2 night /3 day walking safari through the mountainous terrain and sandy dunes in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. The hiking trail is for walkers who would like to experience close contact with nature. The guides have an...

Newsletter: June 2019

Temporary Installation at Tourism Expo Namibia The Namibia Tourism Expo is held on an annual basis in Windhoek. The expo showcases products of local, regional and international establishments and also features cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts exhibitions, food, beer and wine tasting, car shows and a host of other fun...

Is LTE the only alternative?

Why satellite is a better “off-grid” option For now, fibre will remain the primary means of building communication networks. Once installed, fibre networks enable reliable broadband and corporate networks. The challenge is to get it installed, and while you are waiting for your fibre connection, the choices are LTE or...

Newsletter: May 2019

Twoobii becomes part of Namib Race 2019 The Namib race is held in the remote Skeleton Coast National Park in Namibia. It is part of an Ultra Marathon series which comprises of New Zealand, Namib Desert, Atacama Desert and Antarctica. The competitors run a total of 1000 km in 4...

Twoobii becomes part of the Namib Race 2019

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...

Is SpaceX StarLink Launched for Africa?

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...

Running a country’s businesses on satellite

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...

Newsletter: April 2019

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...

Transcom able to connect to Internet after cyclone Idai

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...

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...

Satellite… mostly cheaper than 3G

Introduction The research team at Cable.co.uk recently reviewed the price for 1G of mobile data in 230 countries. The research, (https://www.cable.co.uk/mobiles/worldwide-data-pricing/) 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...

Does snow damage your Twoobii signal?

Introduction The coverage of Twoobii is based on the footprint of IS33e (EPIC) and covers the whole of Africa. The type of climate areas of the coverage ranges from sub-tropical to desert like environments. There are however, certain areas that will experience snow, especially the Lesotho Highlands and the Drakensberg....

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