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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...

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...

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....

Why satellite can not work . . . Or at least why the market thinks so

My satellite network solution will not work for his very critical business applications, he thinks. Thinking quickly, I decide to relax, close my laptop and start a courtesy discussion. Being polite gentlemen, they can at least let me finish the coffee that is being served… “Big Springbok rugby game on...

5 User Applications that are Ideal for Satellite Technology

South Africa’s Internet penetration is three percentage points above the Southern African average, and one percentage point above the global average. Based on these statistics, South Africa’s Internet user base grew by 7% in the past year. This places us 13th in the world in terms of relative Internet user...

Why Banks are using Satellite Services

ATMs and PoS devices require reliable connectivity in order to transmit data from their location to a server, and from the server back to their location. Reliable connectivity is therefore essential, as any drops in communication could result in revenue loss, increased operational cost and reduced customer satisfaction. In the...

A Review of Available Off-grid Telco Service Options – a User Outline to Select the Most Suitable Options

Selecting the ideal telecommunication services for your business, for broadband Internet access and for voice and video services, is a simple choice when you are in town or any area connected with fibre networks. Fibre will then be your de facto option. All you have to do is select your...

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