Out of Africa
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Apr 17, 2000
Redwing Satellite Solutions near London provides the wireless connectivity
portion of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria. Among the components
Redwing supplies are the ground-based satellite hardware, use of the company's
ground station hub in the United Kingdom, backhaul to the Internet backbone
and rental of the space segment.
The system uses 192 kilobits/sec of outward bandwidth that is shared
by the sites, but each location has a dedicated 32 kilobits/sec link to
the backbone. That may not seem like a lot, but it's enough to support 25
people per site doing something on the Internet at any one time, said Mark
Bennett, the main technical consultant for the project.
The hardware and operating costs are about $40,000 per site to establish
and $2,000 per month for the satellite bandwidth and connection to the Internet,
but the monthly fee should go down as more partners sign on, Bennett said.
"There is so much demand for satellite bandwidth that people can't launch
the satellites fast enough," he said.