THE BENEFITS OF A VSAT CONNECTIVITY SOLUTION

It’s true that Africa still has gaps in its connectivity. The availability of copper and fibre lines is not homogeneous across all regions, but this is where VSAT connectivity comes in.

VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) offers a range of unique benefits that can serve customers in even the most remote locations.

The demand for VSAT satellite services is growing, especially since the relatively recent introduction of HTS (High-throughput Satellite) technology that allows for up to 20 times the throughput rate of a traditional Fixed-satellite Service (FSS) for an equal amount of allocated orbital spectrum.

This improved capability means that VSAT services – once thought to be destined for obsolescence – are now playing a vital role in Africa’s connectivity landscape. They meet the high-speed broadband requirements of today’s businesses and consumers at affordable rates.

Defining benefits of VSAT

Reach

VSAT can deliver high-speed broadband unhindered even in areas where the most basic mobile networks are lacking. In many regions of Africa, especially across its vast deserts and dense jungles, the installation of terrestrial lines is impractical and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.

Mobility

VSAT users can stay connected while moving from place to place.  This makes it ideal for a wide range of professional users including NGO staff, travelling doctors, diplomats and environmentalists.

Quick deployment

Provided that the satellite is already in orbit, deploying a VSAT service to your customers is so easy. It can be done in a few short hours and requires minimal competency from the user.

Scalability

Upscaling a VSAT service is seamless, inexpensive and hassle-free.

Reliability

VSAT technology is unaffected by weather or regional conditions such as an unstable power grid. As a result, users can rely on uninterrupted connectivity.

VSAT from IS

Our VSAT terminations number in the thousands with teleports in South Africa, Nigeria and Mozambique. Our locally hosted teleport services eliminate the risk of contravening regulatory and compliance requirements. Our teleport RF systems are designed for easy scalability to upgrade services as required, affording you the ability to offer a tailored solution to your customers at competitive rates.

You can choose between a fully managed wholesale VSAT service, setting up your own VSAT hub, or becoming a virtual network operator (VNO) on our existing platform. You can even access satellites that don’t have an antenna by installing your own antenna and radio frequency systems while taking advantage of our teleport infrastructure. With this option, you still receive our 24/7 monitoring and support.

So perhaps it’s time to begin expanding your network by mapping the telecommunications landscape in Africa.

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Paratus South Africa acquires a satellite hub

Paratus South Africa has completed a transaction for the acquisition of a satellite teleport via its subsidiary Maxwell technology for an undisclosed amount. Paratus will now start with a harmonisation process to incorporate the transfer of assets and resources as well as the associated business revenue into its South African operations.

Paratus South Africa Managing Director Kallie Carlsen says South Africa has been operating in the satellite business segment for many years and has core competencies in this field across our African operations.

“We are able to support our client base as well as create a sustainable growth model,” he said.

“Paratus South Africa is critically poised to leverage not only the expertise of the local staff but also the Group proposition across pan-Africa, providing current and potential customers with a network that can support their growth requirements throughout the multiple technologies offered in the Group,”

Paratus Group CEO Barney Harmse says Paratus Africa is structuring itself towards an aligned focus to continue strengthening its core operations.

“We are proud of the team in South Africa for successfully concluding this deal in line with our Group strategic goals,” he said.

“We will continue to challenge the status quo in Africa by activating our investment strategy throughout the region.”

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Satellite internet reaches Northern KZN

Maxwell Technology, a satellite-based internet and data solutions provider, has extended its footprint to Northern KwaZulu-Natal and will now provide affordable satellite internet to Richards Bay and surrounding areas. The company has partnered with Cable Wise to deliver communications infrastructure and internet services to areas where broadband is unavailable, unreliable or simply too expensive.Until now, satellite was not considered a viable or cost-effective option for internet. However, advances in satellite technology have made it a very affordable solution for individuals and, more importantly, for companies that want to ensure total business continuity under all circumstances.Cable Wise manager, Quentin Wadmore said that, unlike most terrestrial alternatives, satellite networks can be rolled out quickly and relatively inexpensively, connecting farms and lodges that are in remote locations to the information highway. “Satellite networks are easily scalable, allowing users to expand their communications networks and their available bandwidth easily.”Maxwell has also introduced a unique satellite-based connectivity solution, specifically aimed at consumers in the SME market. This solution is also ideally suited for the agricultural and hospitality industries, both of which often operate from areas without broadband.

Flexible, universal, reliable and quickly deploy-able

Maxwell’s technical director, Kallie Carlsen, said that satellites provide a flexible, universal, reliable and quickly deployable means to address a wide range of communications needs. “Satellite eliminates the constraints imposed by the largely wired world and its benefits go far beyond simple redundancy.”

“Leveraging satellite-enabled broadband also makes good business sense for companies that want to extend their reach, improve efficiency and protect their business assets. And within urban areas, satellite Internet can be used to provide primary connectivity to homes and small businesses where broadband is currently inaccessible,” he explained.

Satellite networks can be easily integrated to complement, augment or extend any communications network. They help overcome geographical barriers, terrestrial network limitations and other constraining infrastructure issues.

“With this new offering, we believe Cable Wise has taken the next big step in providing affordable, reliable broadband Internet connectivity to all underserviced and non-serviced areas in Northern KwaZulu-Natal,” concluded Wadmore.

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Maxwell Technology delivers affordable satellite internet to Richards Bay

Maxwell Technology, a satellite-based internet and data solutions provider, has partnered with Cable Wise to deliver communications infrastructure and internet services to areas where broadband is unavailable, unreliable or simply too expensive. This now includes Richards Bay and surrounding areas.

Until now, satellite was not considered a viable or cost-effective option for internet. However, advances in satellite technology have made it a very affordable solution for individuals and more importantly, for companies that want to ensure business continuity under all circumstances.

Expand communications

Cable Wise manager, Quentin Wadmore says unlike most terrestrial alternatives, satellite networks can be rolled-out quickly and relatively inexpensively, connecting farms and lodges that are in remote locations to the information highway. “Satellite networks are easily scalable, allowing users to expand their communications networks and their available bandwidth easily.”Maxwell has also introduced a unique satellite-based connectivity solution, specifically aimed at consumers in the SME market. This solution is also ideally suited for the agricultural and hospitality industries, both of which often operate from areas without broadband.Maxwell technical director, Kallie Carlsen says satellites provide a flexible, universal, reliable and quickly deployable means to address a wide range of communications needs. “Satellite eliminates the constraints imposed by the largely wired world and its benefits go far beyond simple redundancy.

“Leveraging satellite-enabled broadband also makes good business sense for companies that want to extend their reach, improve efficiency and protect their business assets. Moreover, within urban areas, satellite Internet can be used to provide primary connectivity to homes and small businesses where broadband is currently inaccessible.”

Providing reliable internet

Satellite networks can be easily integrated to complement, augment or extend any communications network. They help overcome geographical barriers, terrestrial network limitations and other constraining infrastructure issues.

“With this new offering, we believe Cable Wise has taken the next big step in providing affordable, reliable broadband internet connectivity to all underserviced and non-serviced areas in Northern KwaZulu-Natal,” concludes Wadmore.

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Affordable internet through satellite hotspots

Maxwell Technology, a satellite-based communications and data solutions provider, has launched a satellite Hotspot solution. The Maxwell HotSpot solution is an offering for public facilities that require voucher or token-based WiFi Internet access for guests.This solution is easy and quick to deploy, anywhere in South Africa, and does not rely on any terrestrial telecommunications infrastructure. It is aimed at lodges, guesthouses, B&B’s, conference centres, internet cafés or any other public facilities that require internet access for their customers. With a very small investment, it also offers entrepreneurs or small business start-ups an opportunity to open an internet café.Maxwell’s technical director, Kallie Carlsen says in the hospitality industry, reliable internet affects the rating or star grading and it also has a direct impact on occupancy. “Maxwell HotSpot provides Internet access to users via a WiFi router that is installed at a single point within the facility. A highly reliable Internet connection is provided via a VSAT terminal, it provides users with up to 512Kbps upload and up to 4096Kbps download speed.”Maxwell also offers customers new revenue generating opportunities that will add to their current revenue streams. There are no monthly subscription fees or fixed monthly operational charges, customers merely generate vouchers to resell to their customers.

Vouchers can be issued in half or full hour access denominations with two different kinds of vouchers. Fixed Time vouchers provide users with uncapped access to the Internet from the time of issue while Multiple Login vouchers provide uncapped access across multiple logins until the total time is used.

Carlsen says an integral part of the solution is the self-help service portal where administrators of the system can generate vouchers as single units, generate vouchers in batches and view the current status of issued vouchers. “No additional computer hardware or billing systems are required, customers use their existing computer infrastructure.”

The equipment required for the Maxwell HotSpot solution includes a complete VSAT system that can either be purchased outright or Maxwell can provide the solution at zero cost in terms of hardware and installation.

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Satellite HotSpots provide affordable internet

Maxwell Technology, one of Africa’s leading satellite-based communications and data solution providers, has launched its satellite HotSpot solution, aimed at lodges, guesthouses, bed & breakfasts, conference centres, internet cafés or any other public facilities that require internet access for their customers.

The offering for public facilities requires voucher or token-based WiFi internet access for guests and, with a very small investment, it also offers entrepreneurs or small business start-ups an opportunity to open an internet café.

Secure internet connection

Maxwell technical director Kallie Carlsen says in the hospitality industry, reliable internet affects the rating or star grading and it also has a direct impact on occupancy. “This provides internet access to users via a WiFi router that is installed at a single point within the facility. A highly reliable internet connection is provided via a VSAT terminal, which provides users with up to 512 Kbps upload and up to 4096 Kbps download speed.”The service also offers customers new revenue generating opportunities that will add to their current revenue streams. There are no monthly subscription fees or fixed monthly operational charges, customers merely generate vouchers to resell to their customers.Vouchers can be issued in half or full hour access denominations with two different kinds of vouchers. Fixed time vouchers provide users with uncapped access to the internet from the time of issue while multiple login vouchers provide uncapped access across multiple logins until the total time is used.

Generating vouchers

Carlsen says an integral part of the solution is the self-help service portal where administrators of the system can generate vouchers as single units, generate vouchers in batches and view the current status of issued vouchers. “No additional computer hardware or billing systems are required, customers use their existing computer infrastructure.”

The equipment required for the solution includes a complete VSAT system that can either be purchased outright or the company can provide the solution at zero cost in terms of hardware and installation.

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SkyeMax solves MEI Construction & Services’ connectivity challenge

Maxwell Technology has implemented its SkyeMax satellite broadband solution to provide connectivity to the MEI Construction & Services team on-site at the Kusile power station. As one of the contractors on this massive project, MEI Construction & Services has a key role to play in ensuring South Africa’s power-generation needs are met. The Kusile site covers 2 100ha on what was formerly agricultural land in the Delmas area of Mpumalanga.

“It’s a remote area and connectivity via the Telkom infrastructure was not available,” says Yegan Moopen, managing member at MEI Construction & Services. “It’s vital that our people on site can connect easily and reliably to our head office in Johannesburg. For one thing, we are managing a large labour force and therefore time and attendance records need to be uploaded timeously so we can run accurate payrolls. We also need to be able to interact with our clients and suppliers speedily.”A more reliable connectionAfter looking at various options, Moopen decided to go the satellite plus Mountain Box route as it was able to provide the needed connectivity quickly, was more reliable than the cellular connection, and did not require a lengthy contract. The solution chosen was the SkyeMax product from Maxwell Technologies, a subsidiary of Barnstone in combination with the Mountain Box product manufactured by 5th Mountain Networks.SkyeMax offers satellite broadband connectivity at affordable rates across Africa. Only a satellite dish is required, and the basic service fee includes the first gigabit of data. Top-ups can be purchased easily, and unused capacity rolled over into the following month, making it a very flexible option.

Creating a private network

Maxwell Technologies partnered with 5th Mountain Networks, which supplied its MountainBox, a network appliance that virtualises the wide-area network, allowing it to be managed as a highly secure whole. MountainBox also offers other features such as a firewall, IDS/IPS and content-filtering. With one MountainBox on-site and one at MEI Constructions & Services’ headquarters, a virtual private network was created to provide secure connectivity and simultaneous Internet access. MEI Construction & Services has been able to access and fine-tune their Internet usage policy and spend based on the reporting tools of the MountainBox.

“This is a great example of how SkyeMax can provide reliable, high-speed communication to a remote site very rapidly,” says Kallie Carlsen, technical director at Maxwell Technologies. “When it’s coupled with a user-friendly appliance like MountainBox, you have a solution that is easy to manage and offers the security an enterprise needs.

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Innovative back-up connectivity solution introduced by Maxwell

Cable theft has become endemic in certain areas, leaving companies unable to transact business and suffering losses. The high rate of copper theft is driven by soaring copper prices – the metal has quadrupled in value since 2009 – and looks set to continue into the future.

One estimate puts the direct and indirect cost to the South African economy at R10 billion per year. Telkom, Eskom, Transnet, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa and Metrorail alone suffered R3.2 billion in direct losses due to copper theft between 2006 and 2011. The indirect costs relating to lost productivity and business opportunity is much higher, and affects the whole economy.”In today’s connected business environment, losing connectivity is equivalent to crippling the business down – the business stands to lose a progressively greater proportion of each day’s turnover the longer the outage continues,” comments Kallie Carlsen, technical director at Maxwell Technology. “Then there’s also the long-term damage to the company’s brand in the eyes of customers and business partners.”System is always connectedTo help provide companies with a backup connectivity option, Maxwell Technology has launched a cost-effective back-up connectivity solution that uses satellite technology. In this way, a company affected by copper theft or any other loss of normal connectivity can remain connected.“This is a revolutionary concept because it simply requires the purchase of a satellite dish and modem, along with a data bundle,” explains Carlsen. “Thereafter the system is always on, and can kick in the moment normal connectivity is lost. There are no monthly charges, and the data bundle never expires; this is a genuine fail-safe option and the pricing has been structured accordingly.”

The solution is offered in conjunction with Sat-Space Africa, a leading provider of reliable and innovative solutions to Africa’s connectivity challenges. Connectivity is provided via the AMOS 5 satellite, giving fast, reliable connectivity that can bridge the connectivity gap, no matter how it is caused.

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