Vodacom spends over R1 billion per year on batteries - Joosub

Why worry about uptime of the hub sites MTN just lets it burn:ROFL:
Not a single area in Pretoria that I have been had good or any service really with MTN during blackouts.
 
Yeah they not going to win this battle. Can only keep on replacing batteries for so long.
 
Why worry about uptime of the hub sites MTN just lets it burn:ROFL:
Not a single area in Pretoria that I have been had good or any service really with MTN during blackouts.
MTN and Telkom gave up. Although now and then my Telkom stays online, and then it is offline again, I guess busy order batteries then.
 
They make enough profit to organise a full security setup. It's their own fault. This is south africa.... if it's not protected it's going to get stolen.
 
They make enough profit to organise a full security setup. It's their own fault. This is south africa.... if it's not protected it's going to get stolen.
Not just theft ...
Creating resilience is the single biggest issue that we have today in terms of South Africa’s network performance,” he stated.

“We are constantly having to improve the standby time. First, it was four hours, then it became six hours, then eight hours.”

Joosub said that hub sites were the main priority because their downtime could have more dramatic implications.

He added Vodacom would have to put even more money into backup power at towers if load-shedding continued or worsened.
 

Vodacom spends over R1 billion per year on batteries - Joosub​


And? It's your network. You should be spending money on the effing thing
 
If they are being stolen, then IF the offenders are caught they should be given 30 year jail terms!

Those who are buying the batteries knowingly must be jailed for life plus 30 years!!
 
Have you thought your comment through?

How can I put this delicately? The batteries are being "africanised" nuff said?
And? It's your network. You should be spending money on the effing thing
 
Have you thought your comment through?

How can I put this delicately? The batteries are being "africanised" nuff said?

I'm assuming a hot shot CEO who gets paid millions is aware of the workings of the country his company operates in and plans accordingly?

Or is he just paid to be a warm body?
 
Have you thought your comment through?

How can I put this delicately? The batteries are being "africanised" nuff said?
Did you read the article ? A lot of the R1billion go into upgrading the tower batteries, not replacing them.
 
Dunno what the Schameel's whining about this is just the cost of doing business in Africa, and last I checked Vodacom's still doing just fine, besides they work it into their blended formula anyway so ultimately the consumer pays.

As if Vodacom's the only one affected by ANC incorruptetence lol.
 
And yet when load shedding hits, the whole network in that area crashes......so yeah sorry I don't believe it. Don't believe they are replacing batteries. If they station goes down......so be it. Will come back when electricity comes back
 
Probably pie in the sky stuff (likely would be blocked due to transmission licensing), and would only work around major metropolitans, but if they're spending that much money each year it may be feasible looking at generating their own power through renewables and battery reserves at a few select plants (which can be secured) and then run a "private network" to their sites to power them (so no batteries on site). They could sell excess electricity back to Eskom.
 
Probably pie in the sky stuff (likely would be blocked due to transmission licensing), and would only work around major metropolitans, but if they're spending that much money each year it may be feasible looking at generating their own power through renewables and battery reserves at a few select plants (which can be secured) and then run a "private network" to their sites to power them (so no batteries on site). They could sell excess electricity back to Eskom.
Space is the main practical problem. Power transmission takes a lot of space, that needs to be included in city planning.

I actually think rural areas are more viable if the theft issue can be controlled.
 
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