Over a billion people live in Africa and only 7% of households have Internet. The challenge remains to bridge the technology and Internet connectivity gap in the continent and our research shows Internet redundancy will be a critical factor.
Africa is one of the fastest-growing countries in the world in terms of connectivity and usage – especially in mobility telephony which has become more widespread than fixed-line Internet. However, the weakness in mobile Internet has been in Internet redundancy. The wireless technology is inherently not strong enough to support business-grade connectivity and similarly for the wired infrastructure in Africa. However, the combination of those few transport technologies combined with Internet redundancy technologies completes the puzzle.
The concept of Internet redundancy is simple: say you have 2 lines of 90% reliability. Combining those two will provide an Internet connection that has 99% reliability. (Since both lines simultaneously being down is 10% x 10% = 1%). You can easily extrapolate the Internet redundancy argument to higher 9s by simply adding more Internet resources to the mix.
So what is the technology that can seamlessly provide this Internet redundancy? Internet load balancers, or the more modern Broadband Bonding routers, are going to play a fundamental role in bridging the gap of digital divide between the Western world and the developing countries – and Africa can become the poster child for this. As an example, a dual-WAN bonding router can significantly improve the uptime of a business and provide a RoI (Return on Investment) that is recovered in only a few months. This enables the best utilization of the underlying Internet resources without the required highly expensive infrastructure rollouts. Internet redundancy is the bridge that is connecting Africa to its future.
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Cahit Akin, CEO, Mushroom Networks, Inc.
Mushroom Networks is the provider of SD-WAN (Software Defined WAN) and NFV solutions capable of Broadband Bonding that enables self-healing WAN networks that route around network problems such as latency, jitter and packet loss.