Just learnt tonight that there is a satellite earth station just outside Delareyville in NW province. Seems to be a joint venture with Globalstar, Telkom, Alcatel and Vodacom/fone.
Doing some research, seems this station was completed in 1999 at a cost of around R 200 million, that should have given Vodacom users the option of, when out of terrestrial coverage, use a Glabalstar satellite signal (on the specific handset). Seems 4 sat's were planned to cover Southern Africa. With some nice data capabilities as well. Now, something like this would have revolutionised our Telecoms industry and penetration into low density areas with this kind of service.
Does any of our esteemed forum members know any more about this? Seems those 4 dishes are pointing like in straight upwards (parked and locked position), and looking at the Globalstar website, no coverage yet in SA - and that 10 years after the earth station was constructed. Unfortunately we all know SA: things tend to just disappear, get stolen, borrowed ... and this seems like a non-operational site when looking at the images on Google's Streetview:
I would like to get some more information and comments: why a site like this at Delareyville (and not Crowthorne or close to major Telkom infrastructure) ... why a partnership with Globalstar / Alcatel ... is this operational at all ... if not, what was the fault/failure/issues in not giving the consumer this superb service ???
Maybe the Telkom and Vodacom reps on here can chime in. But would like to hear from other telecom fundi's aswell!
Sorry for going ever so slightly off topic!