Telkom’s network and the IEC - all the details

May 14, 2011 8:51 am 0 comments
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The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has assigned Telkom the key role of providing telecommunications infrastructure to all of the IEC controlled election-related points of presence throughout SA.

As people cast their votes at municipal offices, the data will be electronically scanned and transferred to the Provincial Results Centre. Votes will then be consolidated and electronically transferred to the IEC headquarters and Telkom’s data centre and finally presented in real time to the National Results Centre in Tshwane.

SAITnews provides you with all the details you need to know.

Polling/Voting Stations

Number = 20 864

Municipal Election Offices (MEO)

Number = 350

Some MEOs are in control of up to 400 IEC polling stations that feedback data to them.

20 MEOs are connected to the applicable Provincial Results Centre (PRC) via VSAT technology.

330 MEOs are connected to the applicable PRC via Telkom’s VPNS platform. These sites have been updated to a minimum speed of 1 Mbps.

Basic Rate Interfaces (BRIs), ADSL and analogue telephone lines have been installed.

Provincial Results Centres (PRC)

Number = 9

There is one Provincial Results Centre (PRC) in each province. Each PRC has two high speed 4Mbps circuits that connect to the National Results Centre (NRC) and media.

8Mbps ATM broadcast links provide connectivity for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) between each PRC and the SABC HQ in Auckland Park Johannesburg.

A point to point high speed Diginet circuit per PRC connects to the local SABC office.

24 newly provisioned Primary Rate Interfaces (PRIs) provide voice services for the PRCs.

Each PRC has been supplied with a PABX Business System.

Basic Rate Interfaces (BRIs), ADSL and analogue telephone lines have been installed.

A point to point high speed Diginet circuit per PRC connects to the local SABC office.

IEC Headquarters

Number = 1

Telkom has upgraded the existing infrastructure between IEC HQ and some MEOs.

A VSAT backhaul link has been installed.

High speed 4Mbps VPN access connects to Telkom’s Hartebeeshoek earth station to facilitate data relay from remote VSAT MEOs to the results centre in the shortest possible time.

Two 165 Mbps links Metro-Ethernet links connects the IEC HQ to MEOs and PRCs.

High speed data circuits have been facilitated between IEC HQ the NRC and the DR site.

Some connectivity between IEC HQ and the DR site has been migrated to Telkom’s VPNS platform.

Hosting Environment (DR site)

Number = 1

High speed 25 Mbps and 15 Mbps VPN data links connect the DR site to the rest of the IEC sites namely the results centres and the MEOs.

National Result Centre (Tshwane Show Grounds)

Number = 1

This is a temporary site at the Tshwane show grounds constructed specifically for the elections.

All telecommunications facilities are connected to the NRC via a Telkom Mobile Exchange which is situated at the Tshwane show grounds.

The Telkom Mobile facility offers a fully redundant optic fibre connection to two different Telkom exchanges. Each fibre connection has bandwidth capacity of 2.5 Gbps connecting to Telkom’s core network.

70 Mbps ATM SABC Broadcasting links, 8 Mbps and 2 Mbps ATM Radio links have been established between the NRC and SABC headquarters.

Various high speed data circuits will link to SABC’s regional offices.

Basic Rate ISDN Interfaces (BRIs) have been provided for the SABC radio stations for broadcasting purposes. Additional BRIs were installed on site for the outside broadcast vehicles of SABC, etv and Primedia.

ADSL facilities have also been provided for local and international print media.

ISDN lines have been installed for radio and TV broadcast links.

A PABX business system has been provided.

Basic Rate ISDN Interfaces, ADSL and analogue telephone lines have been installed.

Dual 25Mbps high speed VPNS circuits connect to the IEC HQ for the coordination and relay of voting results.

Nine PRIs and two business PABX systems will ensure telephony connectivity to the temporary site. Over 600 telephone extensions will serve the requirements of the IEC offices, etv, SABC, various political parties, local and international print media, multiple radio stations and other service providers housed at the NRC during the event.

IEC Call Centre

Number = 1

19 ISDN Primary Rate Interfaces (PRIs) provide telephonic services.

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