Letlhaka makes triple play a reality

September 2008 News & Events

Letlhaka Technologies is a black-empowered value-added technology distributor of Last Mile access. This means it focuses on delivering triple-play services to gated communities in need of telecommunications, security and entertainment.

Letlhaka does not supply the actual services, but the infrastructure, such as networks, to developers, service or solution providers, enabling them to deliver services to business and home owners. This provides the owners with instant services when they move in, including television, telephone and Internet. Depending on the situation, home owners can move in and automatically have complete wireless networking coverage all over their new house.

The directors and founders of Letlhaka have been involved in the fibre-optics, electronics, video, manufacturing, retail and international business sectors for over 10 years. The company was founded in 2005 as a technology specialist business to serve the emerging fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and -business (FTTB) fibre-optic markets along with complementary products such as IPTV. Since the company's inception it has grown steadily to become a market leader in these segments, rolling out the first deployments of PON technology in sub-Saharan Africa.

The full scope of Letlhaka's Last Mile services includes IPTV and video-on-demand solutions, IP and fibre security solutions and fibre-optic cable. Solutions include FTTH, FTTC (fibre-to-the-curb) and FTTB products, IP and DSL residential NAT and VoIP gate-ways. Letlhaka's product range and services enable triple-play services (video, telecommunication and data, and not forgetting security) to homes and businesses.

Letlhaka offers a range of internationally recognised products that deliver an end-to-end suite to suit the needs of every community. By basing its solutions on fibre-optics, Letlhaka removes the last-mile access bottleneck and makes triple-play services a reality. A brief overview of some of the company's products follows:

Tilgin: Letlhaka provides and supports Vood gateways from Tilgin. These devices are designed to connect to an IP (Ethernet, Fiber or DSL) uplink and can provide VoIP, IPTV and secure Internet services. All provisioning and management is centralised and accessible via the Web. The products are easy to use and manage, meaning more can be done by fewer administrators.

Prysmian: Letlhaka makes use of Prysmian fibre-optic cables and accessories. Prysmian uses three major manufacturing processes within its plants; MCVD (modified chemical vapour deposition), OVD (outside vapour deposition) and VAD (vapour axial deposition), which enables it to obtain an optimised range of products for different applications. The cables also lead the market in terms of making it easier to splice and terminate cables.

Alloptic: One of the company's core products is Alloptic's Symmetrical Ge-PON (gigabit Ethernet passive optical network) FTTP (fibre to the premise) technology. Ge-PON and 10Ge-PON is a passive point-to-multipoint network technology that brings one optic fibre into the customer's premises and provides triple-play services at gigabit or 10 gigabit speeds to the end user. This technology is a thousand times faster than existing DSL or cable connections and is virtually limitless when it comes to future expansion.

Optelecom-NKF SIQURA: IP networked surveillance systems promise previously unimagined flexibility, scalability and interoperability. Where video was once centrally monitored by one operator, it can now be viewed and controlled by a large number of people, in multiple locations on a surprising array of devices. Anywhere the network goes. Siqura is a versatile platform for building integrated IP networked surveillance systems, using a modular approach that can be tailored to the requirements of any video surveillance application. The solution provides all of the components necessary to reliably get surveillance from the field to console and storage with outstanding image quality and a user-friendly interface.

More products can be investigated on www.letlhaka.co.za. Furthermore, the fruits of the company's efforts can be seen in multiple locations in South Africa. In Midrand Estates, for example, the company has implemented a Ge-PON that transports triple play to homes, and surveillance images to a central security centre. The system has been set up to ensure additional cameras can be added to the system with ease at any network endpoint. Other recent Ge-PON deployments are running at Hazeldene Pretoria, Pearls Umhlanga and Serengeti Golf & Wildlife estate next to the R21.

While triple play is still an unknown factor to many South Africans, people who have experienced the convenience and availability of services will testify that all future homes should be designed with a fibre-based triple play network infrastructure in mind from the start.

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