Solutions (IS has launched a DSL connectivity solution that offers a GSM network failover, providing organisations with an essential business continuity option should their primary DSL line go down.

“What makes this solution unique and a first of its kind in South Africa is that clients will be able to failover to the GSM network on their existing static IP address,” says Mark Hamburger, GM: Network Services at IS. “This is achieved through the use of a converged Billion router that supports both the DSL and GSM connection and creates a tunnel on either end of the network. This allows a business to failover to a completely separate GSM network infrastructure to maintain connectivity in the event of a primary link failure, all within 90 seconds of losing connectivity without any noticeable drop in services.”
Line monitoring, already used on all IS DSL services will initiate the failover should a primary link failure occur.
“Notifications are sent via SMS or email to alert clients in the event of primary link failure, GSM activation or de-activation, as well as the unlikely event of a dual failure of both primary and back-up connections,” says Hamburger. “Customers can also view utilisation on both their Business DSL and GSM failover connections via the IS Customer Zone. Viewing GSM data usage stats and account and SIM management can also be done on IS’ Mobility Manager web interface.”
Businesses will be billed on a pay-per-use or pay-as-you-go basis for transferring data over the GSM network should their DSL line go down. “With many businesses moving over to DSL due to the associated costs this billing model makes the failover to GSM solution an ideal addition to meet their connectivity and business continuity needs,” Hamburger says.
“We see this as a very important addition to a business’ fixed line DSL solution, as constant up-time and uninterrupted connectivity are now non-negotiable requirements for just about every business. The failover to GSM solution offers a competent and efficient alternative means of connectivity, ensuring businesses have a level of redundancy so that they can stay connected and operational."