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Liquid Telecom digs deep at Mining Indaba 2017

In February, the Liquid Telecom team were at the largest mining event in Africa, Mining Indaba, to showcase how connectivity is transforming mining operations across the region.

The four day event in Cape Town, South Africa, brought together investors, mining companies, governments and other stakeholders from around the world to discuss how to advance mining on the continent.

Despite the rich mining potential across sub-Saharan Africa, the forecast for the region’s mining sector growth remains slow as companies face operational challenges and regulatory uncertainty.

Innovation was a key theme throughout the event as mining organisations look to find new ways to enhance productivity, reduce risk and unlock new efficiencies throughout their operations.

At the Liquid Telecom stand, delegates could find out more about how the company’s range of connectivity solutions, which can help lay the foundations for further automation across mining operations.

Through the largest independent pan-African fibre network, Liquid Telecom provides coverage to mining areas across the region, including the entire Copperbelt. Where fibre is unavailable, Liquid Telecom is able to offer its award-winning VSAT, which provides business-speed internet to anywhere in Africa.

On day two of the event, Liquid Telecom’s Group Managing Executive of Satellite and VSAT Scott Mumford delivered a presentation to delegates on the challenges of deploying connectivity to mines across the region.

“High-speed, reliable connectivity is required to support platform technologies such as cloud and mobile.” he said. “Mining companies today are on the lookout for greater bandwidth, SLA and QoS. And at competitive prices.”

Reliable networks with high capacity, he said, are essential for providing connectivity between mines and headquarters, as well as for providing Wi-Fi for site offices and employees.

Scott also showcased the company’s work with Metorex; an established mid-tier mining company Metorex. Liquid Telecom provided fast and reliable links between Metorex’s three mines, South Africa and Hong Kong HQ, helping to support high-bandwidth applications.

In addition, Liquid Telecom announced at the event that it had recently deployed its first Mx-DMA® satellite link for a mining company in Africa.

Mx-DMA technology, which is a new and innovative bandwidth allocation technology for satellite developed on the Newtec Dialog® VSAT platform, can lead to bandwidth efficiency gains of up to 50%, providing more reliable and efficient high throughput connectivity for mining operations across the region.

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