with StingRay RF over Fibre Redundancy System
Madley, UK, 19th December 2017 – ETL Systems, a global designer and manufacturer of RF signal distribution equipment for satellite communications, has deployed its StingRay RF over Fibre 1+1 Redundancy solution for leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global.
Liquid Telecom is a leading communications services and solutions provider across 13 countries in Eastern, central and Southern Africa that serves carrier, enterprise and retail customers with high-speed, reliable connectivity and digital services.
It provides the African gateway to the Intelsat EPIC satellite IS33e at its teleport in Krugersdorp, Johannesburg. However, with 200 metres between its RF cabin and the main equipment room and frequent lightning storms, signal loss and equipment resilience were proving challenging.
ETL Systems’ StingRay RF over Fibre solution provides fibre connectivity for RF signal distribution between an antenna and a remote control room. Capable of delivering connections for links up to 10 kilometres apart without the need for additional amplification, it drastically reduces signal loss, ensuring a much higher quality feed. The 1+1 redundancy system provides additional resilience for uplink and downlink transmissions over fibre. If one fibre link fails, the signal is automatically switched to the redundant path.
“Liquid Telecom is doing amazing things for connectivity in Africa, delivering a range of services across the region. It is always striving to ensure it is providing the best quality possible across all of its services and signal loss was simply not an option.”Andrew Bond
This implementation is the latest in a series of implementations of this solution across a range of Liquid Telecom’s sites, which includes connectivity for Kwese TV and VSAT hubs serving African consumers with broadband connections.
“The StingRay RF over Fibre system makes a massive difference to our efficiency and quality of service. It was also really important for us that any solution should be able to withstand harsh physical environments.”Scott Mumford
About ETL Systems
ETL designs and builds high performance satellite communications and Radio Frequency (RF) equipment, with a focus on customisation and customer service. In FY2016, 91% of sales were exports.
ETL’s products are generally used in satellite ground stations and include switch matrices, splitters, amplifiers, and fibre optic equipment. Customers include governments, satellite operators, telecoms companies, and broadcasters. Eight of the top twelve NATO governments use ETL products to protect their citizens and fourteen of the top twenty global satellite operators also use ETL equipment.
With its dedicated in-house engineers based in Herefordshire, UK, ETL Systems has seen an average growth of 20 per cent in the last five years and has won three Queens Awards for International Trade.
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