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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”,...

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...

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...

Twoobii Uses As-a-Service to Expand Offering

Q-KON Africa drives platform innovation by signing up for the 1st Satellite-as-a-Service platform. Q-KON Africa has expanded the capacity of its Twoobii platform in response to growing market demand, with the resulting Twoobii-as-a-Service option being provided in collaboration with its international 1st tier providers. This partnership will enhance Q-KON’s services...

BCX targets off-grid internet users with Twoobii satellite deal

Telkom subsidiary BCX is targeting off-grid internet users after forging a partnership with smart satellite service, Twoobii. BCX yesterday announced the Twoobii partnership ahead of the ongoing AfricaCom conference in Cape Town. The Telkom unit believes the partnership deal will bring benefits to South Africans using its Skylink VSAT Access....

BCX partners with Twoobii for Skylink satellite service

Technology group BCX has partnered with Twoobii to enable businesses, merchants and consumers to benefit from seamless voice and data connectivity, with speeds from 2 Mb/s to 20 Mb/s, through its Skylink very small aperture terminal (VSAT) Access. “BCX selected Twoobii to ensure it can offer multiple advantages including rapid deployment...

Launch Sequence

Satellites are becoming the answer to plugging the continent’s connectivity gap. The desert steppe of Baikonur, 200 km east of Kazakhstan’s remote Aral Sea, seems an odd place to start a conversation about Angolan mobile-phone users. But in mid-October 2022, that’s all anybody was talking about at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The facility...

Is Low-Latency a Ticket to Profitability: How LEO Services Can Compete in Africa

Industry analysts expect 17,000 satellites to be launched over the next decade, of which some 58% will be for five new mega low earth orbit (LEO) constellations. Overall, it is anticipated that the space industry will add an estimated 200Tbps of capacity to the global network. From a macro perspective,...

Is Starlink a threat to WISPs?

With Starlink’s LEO satellite services expected to be available in Southern Africa from late 2023, local and regional internet service providers ISPs and wireless internet service providers, WISPs are considering the impact on their markets and assessing to what extent this could potentially erode their current business models. By Dr....

Unpacking the African Landscape for Satellite Services

Via Satellite archive photo It’s a paradox: the satellite industry is booming, yet the latest International Telecommunication Union fact and figures report indicates that only 13% of the Africa population are connected. Strong satellite broadband supply and massive demand in Africa should be a recipe for business success and rapid deployment across...

Satellite VS LTE For Back-Up Services

Network reliability can be something of a grudge purchase and even be seen as a “catch-22 situation”. From a customer perspective, a high degree of service reliability is essential; yet this doesn’t mean that business users have an appetite for additional costs. Click here to learn more about Twoobii. From...

What will 1700 satellites per year mean for Africa?

According to the latest Euroconsult report, the global satellite industry is now on course to build and launch some 17,000 satellites over the next decade. The next ten years will see a race to deploy the first mega-broadband constellations, plus a new constellation for real-time earth observation. What implications will...

Sprawling IOT devices to propel satellite connectivity

The growth of internet of things (IOT) connected devices will boost satellite-based connectivity across the globe. So says Dr Dawie de Wet, group CEO of Q-KON and chief engineer for Twoobii, a Southern African-supported satellite broadband service. The Ericsson 2021 Mobility Report forecasts that by 2027, there will be over 30 billion...

Next Generation Satellite Services in the Mining Life Cycle

Innovation in the satellite industry has reached new heights with new services being brought to fruition through the launch of LEO (Low Earth Orbit), MEO (Medium Earth Orbit) and GEO (Geostationary or Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit) constellations. In addition, the advantages of software-defined satellites are becoming more apparent to the telecommunications industry....

BCX Meraki SD-WAN and Voice over Satellite

Introduction: Business Connexion (Pty) Ltd. (BCX) is a South 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,...

2 x Twoobii terminals installed for Agama Lodge

Introduction Agama Lodge offers comfortable accommodation for visitors to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon. The lodge is nestled between the boundaries of the famous Namib Naukluft Park in Namibia, halfway between Solitaire and Sesriem, the gateway to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei Pan. Relaxing at our infinity pool offers panoramic views across the...

SmarTech showcases Twoobii to Farmers in Namibia

Introduction Uhlenhorst (meaning owl’s nest in German) is a well-known oasis in the south of Namibia on the border of the beautiful Kalahari Desert, 200kms south-east of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. North of Mariental, this dot on the map seems little more than a large farm. It marks a...

Why Satellite for me?

A user guide to the satellite applications Yes, we are winning. Thank you, Mr. Elon Musk. Slowly but surely, and largely due to the publicity created by the StarLink service of Space X, and the achievements of Elon Musk, the industry is realising that the Myths of satellite is slowly...

Why UNCAPPED is short-term

Using maths to dispel myths. It is not new, by now UNCAPPED broadband on RF mediums has a predictable market profile. It starts with great media hype, mostly by a new telco or for a new service, full of promises and user testament of how great the service is. Then...

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