Ethiopian mining venture drills into Q-KON for connectivity support

Q-KON has been selected as the preferred provider of connectivity services to Allana Potash Afar PLC, an Ethiopian subsidiary of a Canadian Corporation focused on the global acquisition of potash assets and relevant concessions.

As the entrusted connectivity services partner, Q-KON was contracted to provide reliable satellite communications from its IBS C-Band Satellite Access Platform to an exploration site based in Dallol, Ethiopia.

This solution ensures that the site is able to leverage off a reliable VSAT link that can grow to a High Availability High Capacity (H-2) link for future mine development and operation. This provides two-way IP communication between the East African country and hosted tier one backbone and terrestrial network in Washington, US.

Q-KON has an established and extensive background in the provision of connectivity and wireless infrastructure services to the global mining sector, one that the company has identified as a key priority and it is in line with the mining focus in Africa.

As a satellite network services provider the company operates more than 1000Mbps from three teleports incorporating four technologies over five satellites using seven different technologies and supporting services to over one thousand remote sites, combined with engineering expertise.

It is this successful track record that has caught the attention of mining operations across the continent, including Allana Potash.

This mining venture’s Ethiopian project comprises four potash concessions, the Dallol Potash Project located in Ethiopia’s North-Eastern Danakil Depression totalling approximately 312 square kilometres.

“Q-KON represents world-leading technology manufacturers and applies these competitive products to develop and implement unique value propositions for the African market. We are focused in applying technology to unlock specific competitive advantages for our customers and to ensure their long-term growth in the African market. Mining is acknowledged to be a key growth sector throughout the African market, one that is responsible for job creation and economic growth. We are positioned at the epicentre of the convergence of technology and Africa’s burgeoning mining sector,” comments dr Dawie de Wet, CEO, Q-KON.

Executive management at the Allana Potash Ethiopia Project have praised Q-KON for its expertise, its quality of service and level of professionalism.


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