Maxwell Technology, a satellite-based Internet and data solutions provider, has extended its footprint to northern Kwa-Zulu Natal and will now provide affordable satellite Internet to Richards Bay and surrounding areas.

The company has partnered with Cable Wise to deliver communications infrastructure and Internet services to areas where broadband is unavailable, unreliable or simply too expensive.

Until now, satellite was not considered a viable or cost-effective option for Internet. However, advances in satellite technology have made it a very affordable solution for individuals and more importantly, for companies that want to ensure total business continuity under all circumstances.

Cable Wise manager Quentin Wadmore says, unlike most terrestrial alternatives, satellite networks can be rolled-out quickly and relatively inexpensively, connecting farms and lodges that are in remote locations to the information highway. “Satellite networks are easily scalable, allowing users to expand their communications networks and their available bandwidth easily.”

Maxwell has also introduced a satellite-based connectivity solution specifically aimed at consumers in the SME market.

Maxwell technical director Kallie Carlsen says satellites provide a flexible, universal, reliable and quickly deployable means to address a wide range of communications needs.

“Satellite eliminates the constraints imposed by the largely wired world and its benefits go far beyond simple redundancy.

“Leveraging satellite-enabled broadband also makes good business sense for companies that want to extend their reach, improve efficiency and protect their business assets. And within urban areas, satellite Internet can be used to provide primary connectivity to homes and small businesses where broadband is currently inaccessible,” he explains.

Satellite networks can be easily integrated to complement, augment or extend any communications network. They help overcome geographical barriers, terrestrial network limitations and other constraining infrastructure issues.