How National Milling’s future-proof network system can meet the data demands of tomorrow

Businesses in Zambia know that the task of choosing a reliable telecommunications operator to install their network system can be a daunting one. With such a big investment, many businesses and even established ones, still don’t know that if they want to experience a seamless Internet connection, the sure-fire starting point should always be their network infrastructure and set up.

“Having a robust network infrastructure in place is a must for any business” explains Marius van Vuuren from Paratus Zambia “With the right support from our team of highly skilled professionals early on, we can offer you cutting edge, future proof network installations that will ensure your systems are geared to support your business growth.”

Paratus Zambia recently proved just how important the early involvement of a telecommunications operator is. They engaged and collaborated with the largest milling company in the country, National Milling Zambia where they installed a 10-gigabit capable campus area network at its new milling plant, connecting the plant as well as the office buildings on a single network.

“We engaged electrical engineers and other partners involved in the construction of the plant at an early stage. This allowed us to make recommendations on cable pathways and what industry-grade hardware to use. This proactive approach ensured that we were able to deliver a future-proof campus area network that optimises their connectivity. Our early input ensured the best and most efficient network was achieved that can be adapted to reach even faster speeds in the future as the demand for data grows.” said van Vuuren.

The project, which relied on fiber optic cabling to connect the plant and office buildings, was installed by highly-skilled, Molex-certified engineers and is backed by a microwave link that switches over automatically to ensure guaranteed uptime and enhanced productivity under a 25-year warranty.

But how exactly does a properly installed network system ensure a seamless Internet connection?

“Think of your network and cabling design as the heart of your business. Just as your arteries and veins provide paths for blood flow throughout your body, the cabling in a telecommunications system provides the pathway for a seamless connection,” explains Paratus Zambia project coordinator, Kapampa Mwila. A poorly designed network system with tangled cables and improper flow will not be able to effectively traverse data, causing network outages and downtime your business does not need. And if the frustration (and cost) of downtime is not enough, the task of troubleshooting where the actual problem is will take hours or even days to find.

Setting up a server room with the right equipment is an expensive exercise, which is why consulting and engaging with your telecommunications operator in the initial planning stages will not only save you time but money as well. It will also allow you to optimise your network, meaning you can easily adapt to rapidly-changing technological upgrades that meet the data demands of the future.

“We can now confidently keep up the production in our new plant knowing our phone systems, computers and machinery will work seamlessly for many years to come. It gives us the confidence to continue in our pursuit to support the agricultural sector and contribute to the economy in Zambia.” said Dave Bosse, managing director of National Milling Zambia.

Zambia has its challenges, but access to a quality connection should not be one of them. Experience efficiency and unlimit your business’ potential the first time around with a quality network that supports your business’ future.

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How National Milling’s future-proof network system can meet the data demands of tomorrow
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Paratus Zambia is part of the Paratus Group, the largest privately owned Pan African telecoms operator, with head office in Windhoek, Namibia. Founded as Internet Technologies Zambia in 2010, since inception, Paratus has established a network extending to major industrial and commercial centres throughout Zambia, with additional international points-of-presence located in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Malawi, Portugal as well as the UK.

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