Vodacom has launched and tested its Radio Access Network (RAN) Mobile Recovery Solution. The solution gives Vodacom the ability to restore functionality at any of its Mobile Telephone Exchange (MTX) sites within 48 hours, says the company.
The testing of the new solution required Vodacom to simulate the recovery of its entire Midrand MTX site. This site provides connectivity to hundreds of thousands of customers in the southern and central parts of Gauteng.
“We call this type a “hole-in-the-ground” recovery solution because it’s used in the very unlikely event that our entire facility’s functionality completely disappears. These mobile data centres effectively allow us to recover our site within 48 hours instead of the two years it typically takes to build a new MTX site,” said Beverly Ngwenya, Vodacom network engineering officer.
Andries Delport, chief technology officer at Vodacom, said: “I’m extremely pleased that everything ran smoothly and we reported no loss of service. This is due to the level of skill and dedication of the project team. Their hard work has resulted in a solution that not only ensures we are prepared in the event of a major crisis but also embeds our position as the leader in constant connectivity.”
“We spend a lot of time making sure our network is as resilient as it can possibly be. In fact the majority of our infrastructure is built to be geo-located meaning functionality can be picked up by another site based somewhere else in the country if necessary. Most times this happens without the customer even knowing something is wrong. With the MTX sites this is not possible. However, with today’s solution in place I am confident we are as prepared for any eventuality as we can possibly be,” said Delport.