According to recent reports Vodacom has developed and deployed two “data centres on wheels” which will provide greater network resilience, in case of unexpected outages.
The mobile data centres give Vodacom the ability to restore functionality to its Mobile Telephone Exchange (MTX) sites within 48 hours.
According to a statement from Vodacom, each recovery solution consists of on-board generators, fire suppression, air-conditioning, raised flooring, building management systems, security systems, and network equipment.
“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,” says Vodacom network engineering officer, Beverly Ngwenya.
Vodacom’s country-wide MTX sites are crucial parts of its network, linking the radio access network (base stations) to Vodacom’s core network. In order to test the new solution Vodacom had to simulate the recovery of its entire Midrand MTX site, which provides connectivity to hundreds of thousands of customers in the southern and central parts of Gauteng.
Vodacom CTO, Andries Delport, reported that the test was a complete success. According to Delport, “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.”