When you are in a little C150 and the Jumbo wants to land ATC normally tell you to EXPEDITE
IF this was the Pres's palace in Nkandla how much wayleave do you think you would need ?
How much wayleave do you need for Satellite ?
IF one wants to talk about expropriation then surely one small trench for a fibre cable is justification enough ?
How much "wayleave" are the trenchers all along the N3 ( and other highways ) having to get ?
How much "wayleave" did SEACOM have to get to run their cables on the Transnet infrastructure ?
How much wayleave do you need to run aerial fibre on existing Telkom copper cable installations ? ( pole to pole )
The trouble with South Africans is that they can only ever see PROBLEMS and never OPPORTUNITY !
And this shows what I've always said about our country. The problem isn't money but the regulatory framework. Deregulation FTW! Free the web!
In case you were not paying attention
IntelSat EPIC for Cellular
For cellular backhaul, Intelsat EpicNG provides the high throughputs required to support 3G/4G backhaul bandwidth requirements, features dynamic bandwidth allocation for asymmetric multimedia requirements, and allows load sharing of links during network congestion. This efficient platform overcomes lower revenue per site barriers in remote areas and enables satellite as a primary or backup solution for backbone links in populated areas.
While our current fleet continues to serve the large existing installed base and provide primary solutions in remote areas, the Intelsat EpicNG platform can:
Be leveraged in densely populated areas that demand more bandwidth
Provide a very low-cost solution that can push a mobile network’s edge further into rural areas
Deliver the bandwidth needed to backup high-speed core and backbone links.
Offer economical backup to fiber and microwave links towards the edge of a network
How many transponders have Vodacom been allocated ?
Now you only have to build a few satellite dish mounting points -- sorry NO towers
OK, so I thought I would post a progress report for whomsoever might be interested.
A happy Christmas I'll be having. Courtesy of Vodacom? Not as such...
I was out of town for a while and when I returned things had changed. Like I found my 8ta SIM was reporting 3G. 3G! I thought I was dreaming. Turns out MTN had built/upgraded a 3G tower about 4kms out of town. No fanfare or drum rolls to my knowledge - it just suddenly was there and working perfectly.
What could be better?
Well, two weeks later it transpired that our switchboard had been upgraded to provide ADSL and was already at the testing stage. Today, two further weeks later, I have my ADSL installed. This is one very happy camper.
You snooze, you lose.