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SMEs, remote areas in Free State link up via satellite internet

11 Dec 2013 09:05
Affordable satellite internet to areas in the Free State where broadband is unavailable, unreliable or simply too expensive, is now available, as Maxwell Technology, a satellite-based internet and data solutions provider, extends its footprint.
The company has also introduced a satellite-based connectivity solution, specifically aimed at consumers in the SME market. This solution is ideally suited for the agricultural and hospitality industries, both of which often operate from areas without broadband.

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Satellite technology

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.

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."

The company has partnered with various service providers to deliver communications infrastructure and internet services including Star Satellite in Welkom and Air Broadband in Bloemfontein.

Star Satellite owner, Lampies Frik, 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."

Affordable internet

Within urban areas, satellite internet can be used to provide primary connectivity to homes and small businesses where broadband is currently inaccessible.

"Satellite is the next big step in providing affordable, reliable broadband internet connectivity to all underserviced and non-serviced areas in the Free State. Leveraging satellite-enabled broadband also makes good business sense for companies that want to extend their reach, improve efficiency and protect their business assets," adds Air Broadband's owner Gert du Toit.

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.

For more, go to www.maxwell.co.za.
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