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Satellite helps bridge digital divide, says Q-KON

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As media, government and communities rallied together to mark the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on 17 May, representatives from Q-KON stamped the company’s authority on connectivity and infrastructure service with a demonstration of satellite technology, and an explanation of why the telecommunications and engineering space holds opportunity for the youth.

On this day the government’s Department of Communications joined business and industry leaders and community representatives from Atteridgeville, Pretoria West, to acknowledge the role of ICT and the Internet in society.
The central theme of the event was "better living in rural communities with ICT", which underlines a global drive to harness the full potential of ICT for the benefit of rural communities.
In a public address the Deputy Minister of Communications, the Honourable Obed Bapela, spoke of the importance of technology in facilitating improved connection between communities and the government.
According to Minister Bapela, ICT remains a tool and not an objective in its own right. ICT initiatives must deliver on the promise of better government integration and co-ordination, as well as greater efficiency.
Reflecting the government’s stance on the importance of technology infrastructure rollout, particularly to areas that have yet to truly benefit from connectivity, Minister Bapela visited all exhibitors and engaged with experts about the infrastructure and solutions on display.
The Minister paid close attention to the mobile satellite unit set up by Q-KON and its ICT services partner, Business Connexion (BCX).
Q-KON is an established engineering group and provider of turn-key solutions and managed network services within the African telecommunications market. Representing a formidable industry partnership, both Q-KON and BCX continue to progress in their quest to provide "anywhere, anytime" Internet connectivity.
The unit is a mobile platform built on a trailer that can be moved around conveniently. It does not require specialised installation equipment or expertise, and by simply folding out the specially designed legs, can be instantly set up.
Once in position, the unit uses built-in GPS technology to immediately search for satellite connection and demonstrate either que-X or X-Warp satellite network solution technology, depending on the needs of the customer.
“Our mobile unit is a flexible and valuable sales tool for our growing reseller base. The unit is light-weight but robust, and can be adapted for Ku-band satellite connectivity. The value of this service is that it can be used to showcase satellite connectivity at no cost to the reseller. It can also be used during communication outages or failures to a large audience,” says Dawie de Wet, CEO, Q-KON.
The company plans to use the unit at trade shows and other consumer-focused events, as part of its strategy to emphasise the power of satellite connectivity and the technology, service and support that is available.
Another important objective with the unit is to encourage the youth, the industry leaders of tomorrow, to embrace technology and grab opportunities with both hands.
“The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day was a fitting opportunity to showcase the technology we have at our disposal to help communities. It was also an ideal time to emphasise the extent to which satellite infrastructure has developed and how it can add practical value to business and other key areas of society.
"We want to encourage learners to seriously consider the opportunities that are available within technology development, engineering and application. Telecommunications and information technology is absolutely essential to the future of the country,” adds De Wet.