Satellite trumps ADSL on data connectivity

INTERNET

|
Image: Dawie de Wet. By BiztechAfrica
Dawie de Wet

By Dawie de Wet, CEO of Q-KON

Most people would agree that ADSL service is the preferred option for data connectivity, certainly from a cost, availability and performance point of view. And, it would be considered unlikely that satellite service can offer better value than ADSL services. However, for the correct application - underwritten by the most suited billing model - satellite is actually 25% of the cost of ADSL and can offer twice the performance.

Question then is: how is this possible when everybody consider satellite to be so expensive?

To understand the real advantages of satellite technology let us consider the ultimate satellite application – television broadcast services.

The majority of us will agree that the use of satellite as a communication medium to provide multiple TV channels to millions of subscribers is absolutely the best option -  and that within the Africa context, it is very unlikely that cable TV or any other medium will ever become a more effective communication medium to distribute TV channels. 

This is then a perfect example of the ultimate strength of satellite technology i.e. the broadcasting of content from a single source to a large number of destinations (or subscribers).

In the IP context we can thus expect similar advantages when we applied satellite technology to broadcast content from a single source to multiple destinations – as is applicable in digital signage networks or distant education applications.

If we then consider the cost of distributing a 100MB file every day to 200 remote locations then the cost for an ADSL network will be R6000, using an average rate for ADSL of R10/GB while the cost for a satellite content distribution network will only be R1500, using a cost of R500/GB.

This while at the same time the satellite network could quite readily distribute the content at a speed of 10Mbps while ADSL average is around 4Mbps.

Satellite communication networks can thus provide excellent value propositions when applied within the correct applications and underwritten by the specific billing models.

In our experience, specific billing model innovation and billing model research satellite services can be very attractive solutions for data communication networks.

If we consider the implications of a continuous demand for cost-effective, reliable connectivity in Africa, there is a case for serious consideration of the power and performance of satellite.

This is because satellite lends itself as a mechanism to facilitate cost-effective, practical connectivity throughout Africa. It is specifically relevant for remote or technically under-resourced areas throughout the continent.

We continue to see evidence of the remarkable difference this technology continues to make in the lives of ordinary people.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE INTERNET NEWS

Mobile internet “greatly improved” lives of 63% of Africans

Sixty-three per cent of mobile internet users in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa have said their lives have been “greatly improved” by being able to access internet via their mobiles, compared to 41 per cent in the United Kingdom (UK). Read More

SAPIS launches virtual event platform to empower real estate professionals

SAPIS, the Sub-Saharan Africa Property Investment Summit, has launched a platform for virtual events to enable Africa’s real estate sector to communicate and participate with ease.  Read More

Fibre optic: Congo-Brazzaville releases evaluation report

The Republic of Congo has released an evaluation report on its fibre optic networks, showing that the country has already completed 53 of the 66 projects to be implemented as part of the country's Central African Backbone. Read More

Agents jostle to join Glo Xchange

The number of mobile money agents around the country has continued to swell as the Glo Xchange train moved to in Imo, Benue, Niger, Plateau and Kogi over the weekend. Read More

Samsung Electronics sets 5G speed record

Samsung has announced that it has achieved an industry best 7.5Gbps speed record and the first-ever, uninterrupted 1.2 Gbps 5G connection while travelling 100km/h. Read More

Malawi’s online job search engine acquires SSL Certificate

Malawi’s first ever online job search engine, has joined the elite in the business by acquiring an Extended Validated SSL Certificate. Read More

New life in Gabon as country hits broadband highway

The Central African nation of Gabon is about to start speeding into the highway of broadband in a bid to deliver its people from slow, expensive and inconsistent internet. Read More

Alcatel-Lucent, MTN Nigeria to deploy ultra-broadband 100G fibre-optic data network

Alcatel-Lucent is opening up Africa’s most populous nation to the benefits of ultra-broadband connectivity by launching a superfast, 100 gigabit-per-second fibre-optic network with MTN Nigeria.  Read More

MainOne partners with Lagos Garage

MainOne has signed a deal with Lagos Garage, ensuring that the 440.ng startups will have all the high-speed internet they need to build and ship their products.  Read More

Accenture, Alcatel-Lucent collaborate on ultra-broadband opportunities

Accenture and Alcatel-Lucent have formed a strategic alliance to help communications service providers and large enterprises implement integrated ultra-broadband solutions to address the challenges of rising costs and increased data consumption. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

Growing African focus on data securityGrowing African focus on data security

Beachhead Solutions’ new SA and Mauritius country manager explains the challenges and solutions around securing customer data and compliance with new personal information legislation.

IN DEPTH

Africa lags on digital migration Africa lags on digital migration

Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.  

COMPANY NEWS

VMware reports third quarter 2014 results

VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced Year-over-Year Revenue Growth of 18% to $1.52 Billion in its financial results for the third quarter ...